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T owards the end of 

Zola Doda’s feature on 
Orlando Pirates’‘Class 
of 95’ (see page 52-58), 
Bernard Lushozi has 
some strong words for the cur- 
rent Pirates side. 

He chides them for not 
carrying their CAF form into 
the Absa Premiership, and he 
demands of them their best in 
the CAF Confederation Cup: 
“This generation should give 
their best to win it,” he says. 

Lushozi was a hard - some 
would even say dirty - defender, 
but he is a gentle soul off the 
field, and for many years has 
taught kids with special needs. 
He knows what suffering is; and 
he wiU have little sympathy for 
‘softies’ who do not know how 
to stand up and fight. 

“The present team have a 
chance of winning, but there 
are certain things the coaching 
staff must tell these players. 
They can’t play well in Africa 
and then come back and lose 
matches in the PSL,”he says on 
page 58. 

Today’s Buccaneers are to be 
applauded for going as far as 
they have in the Confederation 
Cup, but they owe it to their 
club, their chairman and their 
supporters, to win it. For Pirates 
above aU other South African 
clubs, have consistently treated 
CAF competition with respect 
and done their utmost to 
achieve continental success. 

Make no mistake; the job will 
be difficult. 

Etoile du Sahel are perhaps 
not the side Asec Mimosa 
were in 1995, but they are no 
pushovers. Any team that beats 
Zamalek in a semi-final needs 
to be treated with respect. 

Nine-times champions of 
Tunisia, they also hold a very 
special record: the Red Devils of 
Sousse are the only club to have 
won ALL of CAF’s major club 
competitions: the Champions 



League (in 2007), the Confed- 
eration Cup (2006), the Cup 
Winners’ Cup (1997, 2003), the 
CAF Cup (1995, 1999) and the 
Super Cup (1998, 2008). 

They also boast the Confed- 
eration Cup’s leading scorer this 
year, a buUdozing striker called 
Baghdad Bounedjah. 

Pirates will need aU their 
undoubted ability and the 
attacking verve they showed 
in beating Kaizer Chiefs in the 
Premiership recently; all the 
guts that Lushozi calls for; and 
yes, some of the luck of Abidjan. 

If that aU comes together, 
then the Buccaneers can once 
more reign supreme. 

It so very nearly did not come 
together for them 20 years ago. 

As Doda writes on page 56, 
Helrnan Mkhalele scored a 
glorious opener in the first leg 
of the Champions Cup Final 
at Soccer City, combining with 
Jerry Sikhosana before curling 
the ball inside the far post. But 
Asec fought back and the Bucs 



lost their heads. Two defensive 
errors, two goals conceded. 
Then captain Innocent 
Mncwango was sent off for a 
stamp. Not yet half-time and 
Pirates were down to 10 men 
and staring defeat in the face. 

The indomitahle Gavin 
Lane dragged them back into 
the tie with a 42nd minute 
headed equaliser and they 
almost snatched a late win- 
ner when Marc Batchelor 
missed from close range at full 
stretch. 

But at 2-2, Pirates were 
written off before the second 
leg. 

What followed was the 
legendary ‘miracle of Abidjan’, 
a story told and retold, of 1 1 
men who faced down 27 shots 
at their goal, and held out to 
score the winner with one of 
only two chances. 

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itself. . . 

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CONTENTS I December 201 5 




8 Thabo Matlaba 

The Pirates stand-in captain is confident of African 
success 

14BonganiZungu 

The Sundowns midfielder relishes his new role 

20 In the Clubhouse 

'Shabba' sets new Soweto Derby record 

22 On the Ball 

Sexwale guns for top Fifa post ... Under-23s lacking 
experience ... RIP Cecil Lolo 

34 Prince Nxumalo 

Determined to return to action after his epileptic scare 

36 Reyaad Pieterse 

Will the talented goalkeeper remain at Chiefs? 

38 Bongani Khumalo 

Back at SuperSport after 'Living the Dream' in Europe 

40 Poster Power 

Pirates' Alpha and Omega, and Brilliant Khuzwayo 

46 Aristide Bance 

The journeyman says Port Elizabeth is like Europe 

48 Gavin Hunt 

The Bidvest Wits coach pulls no punches 

52 20 years on - Pirates' greatest victory 

What was behind the success of the Buccaneers' 

African Champions Cup side? 

60 'Vat Alles' remembered 

Chiefs' amazing silverware chase in 2001 

64 Vera Pauw 

The Dutch coach is chasing the Olympic dream 

68 Fashion 

KICK OFF casts an eye over the latest fashions 

70 Rands and scents 

Treat yourself to some exclusive fragrances 

72 Stuff we like 

We review the latest eyewear, music and books 

74 Stars in cars 

Brent Carelse tries out the new Chevrolet Trailblazer 

76 Readers write 

Your views on the game's biggest talking points 

79 Beat the player 

Test your knowledge against the stars 

80 Laugh Out Loud 

The crazy world of footballers and fans 

82 Secret Footballer 

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As Orlando Pirates 
prepare for the CAP 
Confederation Cup 
Final, wingback 
THABO MATLABA 
finds himself 
elevated to captain. 
A stand-in captain 
lifted the CAF 
Champions Cup for 
the Buccaneers in 
1995 - can history 
repeat itself? 








KICK OFF: Eric Tinkler has taken a lot 
of the flak from fans following Pirates' 
slow start to the season. But what has 
he done for the team since he took over 
from Vladimir Vermezovic, and what is 
the general view of Tinkler amongst the 
players? 

THABO MATLABA: Tinkler has given 
players freedom to express themselves 
on the field. He is approachable, which 
makes everyone comfortable to work 
with him and he has given all the players 
a chance to play, which has created a 
happy environment in the team. There 
are no favours and we are all equal - if 
you do well at training, at least there 
is hope that you will play. The coach 
has also instilled a winning mentality. 

Tinkler hates losing and this has rubbed 
off on the players. He is also a great 
motivator. Even if we lose, he keeps 
encouraging and motivating us to do 
well in the next game. To be honest, he is 
a player’s coach. He has played football 
at the highest level and has experience of 
communicating with players. 

What message can you send to the 
Pirates supporters that have been vocal 
against Tinkler after the poor start? 

The supporters must stop losing 
patience. Sometimes as players we must 
take the blame. It is unfair to blame the 
coach when we lose and give credit to 
players when we win. It is wrong! We 
are a team. When we lose, we lose as 
a team and when we win, we win as a 
team. I want to urge the supporters to 
rally behind the coach, the players and 
the whole team. They must give Tinkler a 
chance because he is a good coach. 

You've struggled this season, and we 
haven't seen those piledriver shots we 
saw in the past ... do you feel injuries 
have played a major part? 

Even though my performance has 
improved in the past few games, I still 
have not yet reached my best form. 

The injuries played a part, but also I 
have not been training the way I used 
to because the games are coming thick 
and fast. I normally train twice a day 
- with the team and on my own. But 
because we are now playing games 
Wednesdays and Saturdays, it has 
become impossible to train twice a 
day; I would be killing my body. 

You always look good when 
going forward, and you have the 
pace to track back, but what 
about that final pass that is 
inconsistent? 

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the coach about that, and ^ 



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how to improve. I am working hard on it 
at training to improve the accuracy, pace 
and shape of my crosses, and there’s an 
improvement. I really want to turn it into 
a strong aspect of my game. 

Which would you say is the strongest 
aspect of your game - attacking or 
defending? 

Attacking! I enjoy going forward more 
than defending. However, since I play 
as defender, it is important to carry 
both duties. I enjoy attacking from the 
back because there is a lot of space in 
front of me and enough space to make 
runs on the flank. 

You struggle as a right-back, yet you can 
play with both feet? 



My biggest problem is that I struggle 
with balance. If I have to play as right- 
back, I must have at least a week to 
prepare mentally. 

You are making the starting line-up 
ahead of another equally good left- 
back, Patrick Phungwayo. How is the 
competition between you, and your 
relationship with him? 

You wouldn’t even think we are playing 
for the same position if you saw us 
together. It has been good - we are more 
like brothers. We talk about football, we 
talk about things outside football. When 
he has something happening at home, I 
go to support him. He also does the same 
for me. We are like a family at Pirates, 



and players are united. We support each 
other irrespective of who is playing. 

You were recently handed the captain's 
armband in the absence of Happy Jele 
and Oupa Manyisa, who were both out 
due to injuries. Do you harbour hopes 
of becoming the permanent captain at 
Pirates in the future? 

To be honest, that’s not on my mind. 

In fact. Happy Jele has just renewed 
his contract with Pirates and so has 
Oupa Manyisa. Lucky Lekgwathi is still 
around and training with the team. 

Both Jele and Manyisa are still going to 
be here for a long time, so it is not even 
on my mind to be captain one day. 

It has been a year since Senzo Meyiwa 
passed away. Is this still on the minds of 
the players? 

Yes, we still miss him very much. We 
still talk about him in the team. He used 
to call me ‘Skhulu’ and now the players ^ 



I am working hard to improve the accuracy, ■■ 
m I pace and shape of my crosses. w W 



Thabo Matlaba likes nothing more than to bomb 

down the wing, cut inside and have a pop at 

goai. We list other like-minded wing-backs. 

• Dani Alves - probably the most attack-minded 
right-back in world football, the Barcelona and Brazil 
defender wastes no time crossing the halfway line. 

• Pablo Zabaleta - the Argentine is out of favour at 
the moment, but has been a key man in Manchester 
City's attacking play in recent years. 

• Serge Aurier - PSG's beast of a wing-back is among 
the best of Ivory Coast's new generation. 

• Cafu and Roberto Carlos - Brazil's awesome 
overlappers of a decade past (in fact, think of almost 
all Brazilian 'full-backs' from Carlos Alberto of 1 970, 
Branco of 86-94, Maicon of 2010 to Marcello today). 

• South Africa has had its fair share of marauding 
wing-backs, none more exciting than two stars of 
the 1990s: Sam'Ewie'Kambule of Sundowns and 
David 'Going Up' Nyathi who was part of Bafana 
Bafana's 1996 Nations Cup-winning squad. Other 
exciting wing-backs were Edward Motale, Lovers 
Mohlalaand Bradley Carnell. 



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all call me ‘Skhulu’ - especially Rooi 
Mahamutsa. We all know that Senzo was 
more than just a player at Pirates. We all 
know the contribution he made to this 
club. We will forever miss him. 

There were rumours of you going to 
Mamelodi Sundowns and that you waited 
too long to sign a new contract with 
Pirates? 

Yes it’s true - Sundowns wanted me. 
They were putting pressure on me. But 
as a player there are things you need 
to consider before you make that sort 
of decision. It took almost a month 
negotiating with Pirates - you know 
how negotiations can take time. They 
make an offer, you make a counter- 
offer ... it takes time to agree on the 
figures. I am happy that at the end we 
reached common ground with Pirates. I 
can almost say the club gave me what I 
wanted. 

Pirates have been playing well in Africa, 
but have struggled with domestic 
football. Can you explain why? 

There are many factors. Other teams 
always iU-treat us when we play with 



^Full name:Thabo Matlaba ^Born: 13/12/87 
inTembisa ^Previous teams: Leicester City 
(amateur), Mighty Tigers (Third Division), M Tigers 
(Second Division), Free State Stars ►PSL debut: 
Free State Stars 0 Santos FC 0 (28/8/10) ►First PSL goal: 

Free State Stars 2 Mamelodi Sundowns 1 (19/2/11) ►Pirates 
debut: Orlando Pirates 1 Maritzburg United 0 (26/2/12) 

► First Pirates goal: Bloemfontein Celtics Orlando Pirates 
3 (4/1 1/1 2, Telkom Knockout) ►International debut: 
Tanzania 0 South Africa 1 (14/5/1 1, Friendly, as a sub) ►Full 
International debut: South Africa 3 Malawi 1 (22/12/12, 
Friendly) ►First international goal: South Africa 2 Central 
Africa Republic 0 (23/3/1 3, World Cup qualifier) ►Honours: 23 
international caps (1 goal); 201 1/12 Absa Premiership winner; 
2013/14 Nedbank Cup winner 
Career history: 



SEASON 


CLUB 


MATCHES 


GOALS 


10/11 


Free State Stars 


31 


3 


11/12 


Free State Stars 


5 (+1 sub) 


0 




Orlando Pirates 


15 


0 


12/13 


Orlando Pirates 


30 


2 


13/14 


Orlando Pirates 


43 ( +2 sub) 


4 


14/15 


Orlando Pirates 


26 (+1 sub) 


2 


15/16 


Orlando Pirates 


9 


0 


TOTALS 




159 


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Correct as at 12/1 1/15. League and cup matches only. 
Charity games and friendlies not included. 



them in Africa, from the airport to the 
stadium! This then pushes us and inspires 
us to go all out to fight against them 
on the field. I must say, in South Africa 



we still have‘Uhuntu’.We always treat 
them well when they come play here. 
There is also less pressure from our own 
supporters when we play away. We are not 
afraid to make mistakes. The experience 
that we gained during the Champions 
League in 2013 has helped us a lot. It 
built our mental strength. Yes, it’s true 
we did not start very well in the domestic 
season, and I believe this was one of worst 
starts in the history of Pirates. We needed 
that win against Kaizer Chiefs [in the 
League] to turn things around. The win 
against Chiefs has done a lot in terms of 
boosting our confidence. 

What have you gained playing in CAF 
competition? 

Mental strength! If you are not fit 
mentally, you won’t survive in Africa. I 
said it earlier about the treatment you 
get from the teams we play against. 

That hostile environment has helped 
us develop strong character. It has also 
brought unity in the team. We are more 
unified: you can see when we do the 
battle in Africa, we are more united both 
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start to the season for you, and there is 
already talk that you might move overseas 
as early as next year. 

BONGANI ZUNGU: Ja, thanks man. This 
season has been really good. When I joined 
Sundowns I was playing as an offensive 
midfielder and the coach [Pitso Mosimane] 
converted me to a holding midfielder. Last 
season I was finding my feet in my new 
position and it’s only now that Fm reaping 
the rewards. I’ve been doing weU and 
handhng this position weU and learning a 
few things. I’m also taking that form and 
experience to Bafana Bafana, which is a 
great thing. So things are good so far, but 
it could be better. 

What are the fundamental differences 
between the two positions? 

As a holding midfielder you play more 
under pressure and sometimes you collect 



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Technically and tactically I’m very sound 
- that I know - but my biggest weakness is 
that I’m not the quickest player. You run a 
lot in that position. 

But your game is maturing, we saw that 
when Bafana Bafana played Costa Rica ... 

It’s all about being calm and relaxed. I 
would say that is my strong point as a 
person, especially on the field. I don’t 
get intimidated regardless of which op- 
ponents we play against. Against Costa 
Rica, we were playing against a good 
team and we just wanted to get hold of 
the ball - we did and controlled it. From 
the hotel to the stadium I was at ease, 
even during the warm-up. During the 
match things were going well and my 
touches were good. 

Describe your combination with Thulani 
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We speak a lot and emphasise that when 
one of us gets the bah we need to create 
passing hues; Andile andThulani have 
more experience and they understand 
things better. Every time I get the bah, 
Andile is the hrst person I look for and 
start the move by passing to him - 1 always 
bring him into the game because he makes 
things happen and he does the same when 
he gets the bah.Thulani is a very good 
player, especiahy between the opponent’s 
defence and midheld. You can pass him the 
bah anytime; he is always in threatening 
positions. Even when we lose the bah we 
are quick to regroup because our under- 
standing is great. 

What is stopping Bafana from playing 
football the way you did against Costa 
Rica? 

I think the difference when you play 
against developed countries is that you 
don’t have hotel problems or off-the-held 
problems, and that helps you focus on the 
match. I’m not making excuses about how 
we play in Africa - in developed countries 
you hnd good grounds and everything is 
good and that has a very good impact on 
the game. But we are starting to gel and 
we have a lot of experience from the trip to 
central America. 

At club level you have already been 
suspended twice this season. What is the 
reason for that? 

I think one of my weaknesses - and some- 
thing I need to improve - is to stop throw- 
ing myself into tackles. I do that thinking 
I wiU win every ball and I need to be 
smarter than that. Against Golden Arrows 
I was disappointed to get a red card after 
two yeUow cards - for the second yeUow 
card I was late into a tackle. 

In the past two seasons. Sundowns won 
the League and the Nedbank Cup. What is 
the priority this season? 

Our target is to win every game. We had 
already lost in the MTN8; we are doing 
well in the Telkom Knockout and we 
need to win the Nedbank Cup and the 
League. There is also a matter of the 
CAF Champ-ions League ... I’m at a 
club where second best is not enough. We 
have to go all out for everything. 

So your targets are on track? 

I would say so. We have new players who 
are trying to fit into the system. They’ve 
been working hard to understand how 
we play and operate and so far we’ve 
been good. At Sundowns we have to win 
every match; there is no excuse and even 



when we draw you can see players are 
not happy. Pressure is there from sup- 
porters and from the team because you 
have to perform 

otherwise there is another player ready 
to take your place. Opponents are also 
motivated, but we tell ourselves that tal- 
ent alone is not enough. 

In the past two seasons it was always 
about Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs but 
now Bidvest Wits are a threat. How does 
that make you feel? 

It’s good because football is about com- 
peting and when you walk over oppo- 
nents, you don’t improve. So it’s good to 
have teams like Wits because they have 
quality players and it’s good to have 
more than three teams challenging for 
the League. It’s good for South African 
football as well. 

There were talks that you were linked 
with Vitoria de Guimaraes in Portugal. 
How close are you from moving? 

Yes, I want to play overseas. That is on 
my mind and I’m clear about that. Every 
day I see myself being one of the best 



overseas and my mind is set on going to 
Europe. 

The deal almost happened in the last 
transfer window, but fell through... 

It’s true, they’ve been interested since 
March and they put in an offer. But I’m 
still contracted to Sundowns so that 
is not my call. They made an offer to 
Sundowns and their boss came here to 
meet Patrice [Motsepe], they spoke and 
I don’t know what happened after that. 

But they are patient and looking to bring 
me on board. Until then, my focus is on 
Sundowns and to help the team win the 
title. 

Where would you like to play in Europe? 

I want to play in the Champions League 
against the best players. I dream about 
playing against Real Madrid, Bayern 
Munich and Manchester United. And if 
there is one country I would love to play 
in, it has to be Spain. The Spanish play 
football on the ground; they are patient 
and don’t panic. They don’t change how 
they play football. 

Why do you think there are so few South 
African players overseas? 

Sometimes it’s a personal choice from 
players, sometimes it’s management, 
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and won’t move. There is no single reason 

- sometimes players have quality but don’t 
get offers. 

Looking at your career, are you happy 
with what you have achieved so far? 

I’m happy because I have just turned 23. 

I have very good people around me that I 
talk to - family, friends and my girlfriend 

- and they are advising me about life. 
People think being a footballer is easy; 
you go to training from 9am until 
lunchtime; play a match and get paid lots 
of money. What do you think is the most 
difficult aspect of being a footballer? 

The biggest challenge is what happens 

or what you do between lunchtime and 
the time when you go to bed. That is the 
downfall for lots of players. You have 
money, a car and a house - so what you 
do in this period is key. If a player can 
learn how to organise their lives during 
this time, things will be better. 

What is the best thing to do in this time? 
There are players that study, some spend 
time with families and some do business 
on the side. But the key thing is to have 
something to do during this time. Just be 
a good boy. 

What has been your most memorable 
match for Sundowns so far? 

Wow. I’ve played a lot of memorable 



matches. In my first season I played 
against University of Pretoria and it was 
very emotional because I joined from 
them. Last season we played against 
Chiefs and I played a great match. 

Who has been your most difficult 
opponent? 

Oupa Manyisa. He is very tricky, some- 
times he is here and the next minute 
there. You think about following him ... 
eish . . . next minute he pops up some- 
where else. He is such a tricky player. 
Then there is Reneilwe Letsholonyane who 
is a tough player, but we are aU friends off 



© ►Full name: Bongani Zungu ►Born 9/10/92 
in Duduza ►Source: Inter Milan FC ►Previous 
clubs: Dixieland Stars ►PSL debut: University 
of Pretoria 0 SuperSport United 0 (as a sub, 1/9/12) 

► Full debut: Moroka Swallows 2 University of 
Pretoria 3 (14/9/12) ►First PSL goal: University of Pretoria 1 
Orlando Pirates 3 (7/10/12) ►International debut: South Africa 
2 Burkina Faso 0 (Friendly, 17/8/13) ►First international goal: 
Swaziland 0 South Africa 3 (Friendly, 15/11/13) ►Honours: 18 
international caps (3 goals); 2013/14 PSL champion; 14/15 Nedbank 
Cup winner 
Career record 



SEASON CLUB 

11/12 Dynamos (Divl) 

12/13 Univ Pretoria 

13/14 Mamelodi Sundowns 

14/15 Mamelodi Sundowns 

15/16 Mamelodi Sundowns 

TOTALS 



MATCHES GOALS 

no records available 



20 (+7 subs) 7 

22 (+4 subs) 1 

25 (+8 subs) 0 

9 2 

76 10 



Correct as at 13/11/2015. League and cup games only. Friendlies and 
charity matches not included. 



the field. Every time I see Oupa, I always 
greet him and say, ‘How are you groot- 
man?’. We talk about football and life in 
general. 

At Sundowns, who do you speak to if you 
want advice about something? 

There are lots of amazing guys - there 
is Ramahlwe Mphahlele, who is a good 
friend, and Surprise Moriri. I talk to 
them about personal things and they are 
never judgmental. They advise me and 
give me peace of mind. 

What are you planning to do during 
these December holidays? 

To be honest with you I haven’t planned 
anything. I’m not someone who goes on 
vacation, I don’t go overseas for holidays 
- I’m not like that, even my girlfriend 
can tell you. People don’t really know 
much about me and that’s because I 
don’t share a lot of my personal issues. 
I’m very reserved as a person, and people 
judge based on what they see - and 
sometimes they are wrong. 

What message do you have for Sundowns 
supporters? 

Well, they are wonderful fans and always 
supportive, they must keep on sup- 
porting us. For me whatever happens, 
whether I stay or not, they will always be 
my family. M 



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DERBY KING 



KAIZER Chiefs captain Siphiwe 
Tshabalala took his already 
legendary status to new heights 
in his team’s Telkom Knockout 
semi-fmal victory over Orlando 
Pirates by becorning the first 
player to make 25 appearances 
in the Soweto Derby in the 
modem day PSL. 

Even more remarkable is 
that ‘Shabba’ reached this mile- 
stone without having missed a 
single Derby since making his 
debut in the 2-2 draw played in 
Durban on 24 November 2007. 
In total, the midfield maestro 
has made 24 starts and one 
substitute appearance in Derby 
fixtures - his only sub coming 
in last year’s MTN8 Final. 

Shabba has been on the win- 
ning side for Chiefs eight times, 
drawn 10 and lost seven, and 
he’s scored four goals in the 
historic fixture. No longer just 



the name most people remem- 
ber from the 2010 Fifa World 
Cup, Shabba has now created 
another benchmark in South 
African football history. 

Behmd Shabba is Orlando 
Pirates’ veteran defender Lucky 
Lekgwathi on 22 Derby appear- 
ances, but he is unfikely to add 
to his tally given that he has not 
played any football for the past 
18 months. 

The 39-year-old has been 
with Pirates siace 2002 with his 
Derby appearances scattered 
over a longer period, while he 
has also missed a number of 
Derbies along the way. 

Tshabalala also remaias the 
most capped active player for 
Bafana Bafana with 88 appear- 
ances. He is second overall on 
this list, behmd retired defender 
Aaron Mokoena on 107 caps. 

ByLovemoreMoyo 




INTRODUCING ^ Frederic Nsabiyumva (Jomo Cosmos) 




Ezenkhosi's skipper enjoying life in the PSL 



PREMIERSHIP returnees Jomo 
Cosmos have conceded the 
fewest goals of all dubs just 
past the quarter-mark of the 
current League campaign. 

Much of their defensive 
strength can be attributed to 
Burundian defender Frederic 
Nsabiyumva, who has also 
been captaining the side. 

"The PSL has been tough, 
yet smooth and enjoyable 
compared to the NFD where I 
played when I first arrived in 
South Africa last year," Nsabi- 
yumva says. 

"The NFD was all about 
running, with less thought 
given to tactics. The PSL is 
more about tactical discipline, 
patient build-ups and punish- 
ing opponents when they make 
mistakes, which helps you 
improve." 



Nsabiyumva was initially 
spotted by Jomo Sono at the 
2013 Cecafa Cup and then evalu- 
ated further at the 2014 Chan 
finals. He joined Cosmos towards 
the end of the 2013/14 season, 
featuring in five matches. 

"I never came for trials. 'Bra 
J' was happy with what he had 
seen of me in the national team 
and made me an offer which I 
accepted, although my debut was 
delayed as I had to wait for my 
work permit," Nsabiyumva says. 

"Initially it was difficult join- 
ing a team in the second tier 
when I had been playing in the 
top league back home. Luck- 
ily, the football is good and the 
teams pay better, plus with my 
mentality I can cope with any 
conditions," he adds. 

Prior to that, the 20-year-old 
played for Athletico Olympic and 



Vital'O FC in Burundi, and had 
already been for trials at Moroka 
Swallows and SuperSport United 
in 2012, before eventually join- 
ing Cosmos. 

Now settled with the PSL 
newcomers, Nsabiyumva wants 
to ensure relegation is not part 
of their vocabulary come end of 
the season. 

"Firstly, being captain is all 
down to my discipline plus the 
fact that I was the vice-captain 
last season," he says. "I have 
also been preaching to my team- 
mates that we need to keep it 
solid at the back. 

"I can safely say that we will 
not be getting relegated - I 
know some people don't believe 
in us, but you need to believe 
in yourself before anyone else 
starts believing in you." 

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Dikwena unearthing 
Botswana's talent 



PLATINUM Stars are set to benefit 
significantly from their formal 
relationship with Botswana Premier 
League (BPL) side Jwaneng Galaxy, 
with the arrangement allowing 
Dikwena first option on any player 
being sold by the club to a team outside 
the country. 

In 2012 the North West-based team 
scored big when they signed Botswana 
international Mogakolodi Ngele from 
Township Rollers, and they look set to 
tap into similar resources in the country. 

Galaxy chairman Njabulo Gilika tells 
KICK OFF, "We have a relationship with 
Platinum Stars. We are also learning 
from them because they are a well-run 
professional club amongst other 
things." 

Galaxy are a newly-formed side 
born out of a merger between Jwaneng 
Comets and Blue Diamonds in July 
2014. They currently have three South 
African players on their books: Tshepo 
Borake, Israel Batsi and Vusimuzi Sibiya. 

By Austin Ditihobolo 



Ajax Cape Town 

^ Zambian midfielder Clifford 
Mulenga - who left the club after 
the non-renewal of his contract 
at the end of June - has won 
the title back home with ZESCO 
United. 

^ The club is showing interest in 
Ghana defender Lawrence Lartey. 

Bidvest Wits 

^ English striker James Keene 
- who tried out at Kalzer Chiefs 
last season - is being assessed by 
the club. They already have five 
foreigners on their books, though 
Malawian midfielder Gerald Phiri 
is yet to be registered. 

Chippa United 

^ Bennett Chenene is still train- 
ing with the club almost a month 
since he arrived as a free agent. 

^ Former captain Andile Mbe- 
nyane has returned to training 
following a two month spell away 
due to a family bereavement. 

Golden Arrows 

^ Namibian winger Deon Motto is 
expected to complete the season 
with Arrows before the club 
considers the various enquiries 
about his services. 

Jomo Cosmos 

^ Kenyan forward Michael 01- 
unga is due to start training with 
the squad before the Christmas 
break. Olunga is on loan at Ke- 
nyan Premier League champions 
Gor Mahia from Liberty Academy. 

Free State Stars 

^The club's MultiChoice Diski 
Challenge team captain Justice 
Chabalala has been promoted to 
the first team. 

^ Belgian forward Andrea Fllleda 
has undergone a minor operation 
to his nose. 

Kaizer Chiefs 

^ Injured striker David Zulu 
will have to move mountains 
to be considered for the first 



team when he recovers from his 
injury as he is apparently not a 
preferred attacking option at 
the club. 

Mamelodi 

Sundowns 

^ Indications are that Thahiso 
Kutumela (see page 23) is a tar- 
get for next season following his 
goalscoring form at Baroka. 

^ Zimbabwean striker Nyasha 
Mushekwi is keen on moving 
away from the club in January 
when his contract enters its last 
six months. Mushekwi has PSL 
suitors while there are several 
foreign clubs also eying him. He 
has been on the sidelines since 
returning from a loan spell with 
Djurgarden IF in Sweden. 

^ Also due to move out in 
January are Zambians Mukuka 
Mulenga and Hichani Himoonde, 
as well as Belgian goalkeeper 
Glenn Verbauwhede. 

^ Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy 
Mweene escaped unhurt from a 
recent motor vehicle accident, 
with his car written off in a colli- 
sion with a truck. 

Mpumalanga 
Black Aces 

^ The club intends to offer striker 
Collins Mbesuma - who won the 
last Absa Premiership Player of 
the Month award - a new two- 
year contract in June. 

Orlando Pirates 

^ Whispers within the club are 
that Lucky Lekgwathi will be 
slowly introduced into the club's 
development structures with a 
future in coaching most likely. 

^ Underutilised forward Tendai 
Ndoro has been encouraged to 
persevere as he battles to break 
into the first team. 

^ The club's four-year car spon- 
sorship deal with Peugeot will 
not be renewed upon its expiry 
at the end of the year after the 
French company chose not to 
commit to a new agreement. 



Platinum Stars 

^ Stocky forward Patrick 
Malokase - who retired at the 
end of last season - has ventured 
into electrical engineering after 
failing to land the team manager 
role he was linked with. Malokase 
is now a board member at ZondiS- 
pace, an enterprise development 
initiative whose mother body is 
Saftronics (Pty) Ltd. 

^ Former youth international 
Sibusiso Hadebe will leave upon 
the expiry of his three-year con- 
tract at the end of the season. 

^ Head coach Cavin Johnson was 
named the Absa Premiership 
Coach of the Month for Septem- 
ber/October. 

Polokwane City 

^ Braziiian goalkeeper coach 
Milton Nienov - who spent the 
past season with the club - has 
joined third tier club Super Eagles 
as technical advisor. 

^ Out of favour goalkeeper Dino 
Visser could leave in January, 
with his contract up at the end of 
the season. 

^Veteran defender Elias Ngwepe 
remains in dispute with the club 
and his case is being handled by 
the Players' Union. 

SuperSport United 

^ Youthful defender Jino Moeket- 
si, who is currently out on loan 
at Vasco da Gama, could have his 
loan spell cut short and return to 
his parent following disciplinary 
problems at the Cape Town club. 

University 
of Pretoria 

^ Club assistant coach Sly Mosala 
is evidently on his way out after 
clashing with management in 
the period following Sammy 
Troughton's red card against Ajax 
Cape Town, which then led to a 
match ban. Rumour has it that 
Mosala felt belittled that Varsity 
League coach Evangelos Vellios 
was brought into to take charge 
in the absence of Troughton. 



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@ ON THE BALL I The world of football in brief 



TOKYO Sexwale might not 
have had much to do with 
South African football, save 
for participation in the upper 
structures of the World Cup bid 
and later tournament organisa- 
tion, but he wiU write his own 
piece of history as the first from 
the country to bid for the big- 
gest seat in world sport. 

But whether the millionaire 
businessman has any chance in 
February when world football’s 
controlhng body Fifa decide 
on their next leader remains 
unclear as he emerges as some- 
thing of a fringe candidate. 

The fluidity of the situation 
at Fifa, plus the Machiavel- 
han machinations behind the 
scenes ahead of the ballot 
suggests there might stiU be 
plentiful changes before the 
209 members gather for the 
elections on February 26 at 
the ‘Messe Halle’ in Zurich, 
the same venue where South 
Africa won the right to host 
the 20 10 World Cup finals. 

By then Sexwale could 
either have slipped off the 
ballot paper altogether or 
emerged as a clever com- 
promise candidate amid a 
continuing turbulent time as 
revelations of past corruption 
seep to the surface almost 
each passing day. 

Already dropped as candi- 
dates for the presidency are 
Uefa chief Michel Platini, who 
is serving a 90-day suspension 
handed down in early Octo- 
ber, and the egoistic Liberian, 
Musa Hassan Bility. 

This leaves five candidates: 
THE PRINCE 

Ali ben Al Hussein (39 years, Jordan) 
Member of the royal family 
and president of his country’s 
football association. He has the 
profile of being the anti-Blatter 
candidate at the last Fifa 
election on May 29 where he 
surprised by garnering 73 votes 
to the wining tally of 133 for 
the ageing Swiss. But this time 
the prince does not have the 
support of Uefa, who helped 
bankroll his last bid, nor that 
of his own confederation, Asia. 



CAN TOKYO GO 
ALL THE WAY? 




THE UNKNOWN 

Jerome Champagne (57 years, France) 

A former diplomat, he was 
the international ‘consigliore’ 
to Blatter from after the 1998 
World Cup to 2010, eventu- 
ally given the title deputy 
general secretary before leav- 
ing. He was close to Blatter, 
but anti-Platini and has been 
a sniping voice from the side- 
lines since, although for the 
last election could not get on 
the ballot because he did not 
get the minimum five nomina- 
tions he has received now. He 
is a fan of St Etienne. 

THE POTENTIAL SURPRISE 

Tokyo Sexwale (62 years. South Africa) 
First premier of Gauteng 
and later a minister in Jacob 



Zuma’s first cabinet, who has 
made a fortune as a well- 
connected businessman. His 
time on Robben Island with 
Nelson Mandela gives him a 
massive international calling 
card, but involvement with 
the 2010 South African World 
Cup Board might count 
against him as the ‘donation’ 
to Jack Warner is investigated 
more thoroughly. 

THE FIRM FOOT 

Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa (49 
years, Bahrain) 

A member of Bahrain’s royal 
family and, since 2013, presi- 
dent of the Asian Football 
Confederation and therefore 
also a Fifa vice president. His 
family are responsible for 



much repression in the Gulf 
State of the majority Shi’a 
population who want more 
democracy after decades of 
rule by the Sunni royal family. 
Riots in 201 1 led to the arrest 
of several members of the 
national football team. 

THEPLAN-B 

Gianni Infantino (45 years, Switzerland) 

A lawyer by profession and 
former secretary general of 
CIES, the sports studies uni- 
versity, he has worked at Uefa 
since 2000 and is Platini’s 
right-hand man. He is the 
alternative for the Europeans 
with Platini not allowed to 
stand, but is seen as something 
of a lightweight. 

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SPOTLIGHT I Thabiso Kutumela (Baroka FC) 




OWEN da Gama’s Under-23 
squad that is preparing 
for Olympic qualifiers has 
nowhere near the level of 
experience enjoyed by Shakes 
Mashaba’s AmaGlug-glug 
team that competed at the 
2000 Olympics. 

Of the ‘Class of 2015’, only 
12 have experience in the PSL 
and of that dozen, only Keagan 
DoUy (55 matches), Abbubaker 
Mobara (50), Rwanda Mng- 
onyama (30), Deolin Mekoa 
(18) and Riyaad Norodien (12) 
are in double figures. 

Compare that to 2000, 
where every player had made a 
name for themselves in the top 
flight, with the lowest number 
of starts credited to 19-year- 
old Aaron Mokoena - of Ajax 
Amsterdam. 

Jabu Pule had just 17 
starts for Kaizer Chiefs but 
at the other end of the scale, 
David Kannemeyer, Stanton 
Fredericks, Matthew Booth 
and Steve Lekoelea had all 
notched up over 100 matches 
in the PSL, while Emile Baron 
(Lillestrom), Quinton Fortune 
(Manchester United), Dehon 
Buckley (Bochum) and Benni 
McCarthy (CeltaVigo) had es- 
tabhshed themselves in Europe. 

Even stand-by players Lebo- 
hang Kukame (49), Mzunani 
Mgwigwi (46), Patrick Mbuthu 
(56) and Rowen Fernandez 
(36) were well experienced. 

In addition, 10 of the squad 
had already been capped by 
Bafana Bafana. 

Should South Africa qualify, 
one hopes more Premiership 
game-time wiU follow in the 
next nine months. 




NAME: Thabiso Simon 
Kutumela 
NICKNAME: Messi 
BORN: 3/7/93 in 
Mokopane, Limpopo 
LOVELIFE: Girlfriend 
PREVIOUS CLUBS: 
Modimolle Real Rovers, 
Mokopane Academy, 
Boyne Tigers (all 
amateur) 

CAR: None 

CELLPHONE: i-phone 5 



ON THE PITCH 

Ten goals in 11 games is 
phenomenal by South African 
standards. What would you 
attribute that superb form to? 

The fact that I have been injury-free this 
season has helped because I did pre- 
season with the team and have been 
ever-present. When you are playing 
every week your confidence always gets 
a boost I am confident I will be able to 
maintain my form and end the season 
with 20 to 30 goals. I play as a number 
10, so I float between the midfield and 
the guy playing as targetman. I like 
playing one-twos and making use of my 
pace to break defences. 

You had trials at Ajax Cape Town a 
few years ago ... 

That is true. I went there during the 
2011/12 season and I impressed, but 
unfortunately the deal didn't come 
through. My club boss [Khurishi 
Mphahlele] and my parents were not 
comfortable with me being so far away 
from home at such an early age. 

What would you prefer, gaining 
promotion with Baroka or joining a 
well-established PSL club? 

I would rather be remembered for having 
scored the goals that helped Baroka win 
promotion to the PSL. Imagine the very 
first team that trains in the rural areas 
[Ga-Mphahlele] going on to the PSL. 
Wouldn't that make for some fairy-tale 
reading? I want to be part of that history. 
Who has been the toughest 
opponent that you have played 
against? 

There is one defender from Black 



Leopards who made life extremely difficult 
when we played a goalless draw this season. 
That guy - Ndou Thivhavhudzi - stuck to 
me like glue everywhere I went. 

OFF THE PITCH 

What kind of fashion taste do you have 
considering that you don't earn as 
much as PSL footballers? 

I am into Diesel clothing. Actually, I should 
give credit to my brother for showing me the 
way with fashion because he has a fine taste 
in clothing. When you look good, even your 
confidence is up there. 

What will you be doing during the 
festive season break? 

Since I am a member of the ZCC, Christmas is 
for going to church with family. The famous 
Moria is not too far away from us after all. The 
festive season is really nothing spectacular for 
me but more about being with family 
Do you remember the first time you 
flew? 

It was the time when I flew for trials 



with Ajax in 201 1 and I was very 
uncomfortable - to be honest I was 
frightened, but I chose to be brave. I 
didn't enjoy the take-off and landing 
at all. 

How many kids are you planning 
to have? 

I think four will do for me, two boys and 
two girls, so that it is all balanced. So far 
I have a baby girl. 

By Lovemore Moyo 



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Good month for ••• 

Bidvest Wits 




The Clever Boys topped the PSL standings 
to win the Q-1 innovation prize. 



Bad month for 



Amajimbos 




SA’s juniors 
were knocked 
out of the 
U-17World 
Cup after win- 
ning just one 
point in three 
group stage 
matches. 



0 PALOOKAS 




Platinum Stars' Siyabonga Zulu and Chippa 
United goalkeeper Veil Mothwa, who appeared 
before the PSL's Dispute Resolution Chamber 
after both being accused of signing contracts 
with more than one club. 




PLAYMAKERS 



Banyana Banyana, for qualifying for the 
Olympics for the second tournament in 
succession. 




"My defender made 
it very difficult for 
us. You don't do 
stupid things like 
that, the referee has 
already blown and 
has already given a ball to 
him and he is still hitting 
somebody with an elbow. 
I think his parents must 
speak to him."- Jomo 
Sono on defender Thato 
Lingwati 



Also last month 



• Ajax Cape Town 
defender Cecil Lolo 
tragically passes away 
in a car accident. 

• Jomo Cosmos and 
Maritzburg United 
finally win their first 
League games of the 
season. 

• Leon Prins quits as 
director of National 
First Division club 
Moroka Swallows. 

• Roger De Sa extends 



his contract as Ajax 
Cape Town head coach 
until 2018. 

Basetsana are denied 
a spot at the 2016 
Women's U-20 World 
Cup following a 1-0 
defeat to Nigeria in 
their final qualifier. 
Former AmaZulu and 
Moroka Swallows 
coach Julio Leal takes 
over at Polokwane 
City. 



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TOVEY: WE ARE ON 
THE RIGHT TRACK 



THE South African national 
Under- 17s did not cover 
themselves in glory during 
the Fifa Junior World Cup in 
Chile, finishing fourth in a 
group from which three teams 
qualified, but Safa technical 
director NeilTovey believes 
Amaiimbos are “on the right 
track”. 

Molefi Ntseki’s side finished 
at the bottom of Group E 
after a 2-1 defeat to Costa Rica, 
a 1-1 draw with North Korea 
and a 2-0 defeat to Russia. 

“Before the tournament 
started my only concern was 
naivety,”Tovey says. “And my 
fears were confirmed when we 
conceded three penalties in 
three matches. To be fair, one 
of those penalties should not 
have been given, but never- 
theless it was always going to 
be difficult to come back from 
that. 

“Despite getting knocked 
out in the first round, I believe 
we are still on the right track. 



The team went to the tourna- 
ment and gained valuable 
experience and now they need 
to take that experience to the 
next level. That is the posi- 
tive we can take out of this 
tournament.” 

Before the tournament 
kicked off, Ntseki came 
under heavy criticism for not 
selecting Ajax Cape Town 
players despite the fact that 
the young Urban Warriors 
won the national U-17 Engen 
Champ of Champs Tourna- 
ment. One of the criticisms is 
that the players were selected 
in Inter-Provincial, butTovey 
dismisses that as “nonsense”. 

“We scout our players from 
all over the country. Obvi- 
ously this is a very difficult 
age group to select players 
from because none of them 
are playing in the PSL. So we 
have to visit them and watch 
them at their clubs and they 
also play tournaments.” 

By Zola Doda 



Bartlett backs Prince for Bafana return 



WHILE on loan at Golden Arrows last 
season, Ajax Cape Town striker Prince 
Nxumalo enjoyed a good relationship 
with then-coach Shaun Bartlett. After 
suffering two epileptic siezures that kept 
him sidelined for two months, Nxumalo 
turned to Bartlett for support. 

"Something I've incorporated in 
my coaching philosophy is to not only 
improve my team as better players, but 
as better humans, better men," Bartlett 
says. "And I became part of my players' 
lives so they always call me for advice or 
just to generally chat. 

"I've been in contact with Prince even 
before his illness - 1 was part of the 
reason he joined Ajax, as Roger De Sa 
had called to ask what I thought, and I 
recommended him. I encourage Prince 
on a daily basis." 

The former Bafana frontman feels 



Nxumalo's epilepsy will not hamper 
the striker's progress, as he has all the 
attributes of a complete centre forward. 

"He's got deceptive speed for his 
height, he's got good aerial ability, he's 
very strong and can shoot with both 
feet. Those are all great attributes, but 
you need to back them up with goals, 
which he did at the beginning of the 
season until he fell ill." 

Bartlett backs Nxumalo to play for 
the national team soon, after missing 
October's friendlies due to his illness. 

"When you have the quality and 
ability to score goals, you don't lose it 
overnight. I think it's inevitable he'll 
return to Bafana - once he's back on the 
field and proved himself again. He's one 
of the bright prospects in this country." 
Turn to page 34 for more. 

By Fabio De Dominicis 



SECRETS OF THE STARS 



7 0 things you did not know about Oriando 
Pirates midfieider Mpho Makoia 




I Mpho Makoia was in the Kaizer 
Chiefs Under-13, -15 and -17 youth 
teams alongside Itumeleng Khune. 

2 Makoia was born and raised in 
the township of Alexandra, and 
attended Yeoville Community Pri- 
mary and Barnato Park High School. 
Mpho was an all-rounder as a kid 
and received a sports bursary that 
put him through high school. 

4 After leaving Chiefs, Makoia 
joined Africa Soccer Develop- 
ment (ASD) Academy, where he 
played alongside Oupa Manyisa, Pat- 
rick Phungwayo, Ntsikelelo Nyauza 
and LehlogonoloMasalesa. 

5 Makoia earned R900 per month 
playing in the NFD for Vaal Tech. 
Black Aces' Tshidiso Tukane was a 
teammate. 

6 At one stage, Mpho hung 
around thugs, tried drugs and 



almost got involved with a hijacking 
syndicate, but his mother made sure 
he continued playing football and 
that saved him. 

7 The 29-year old is the first born 
of six siblings, and grew up with 
his mom as a single parent. 

8 Makoia has been the main 
breadwinner is his family, and 
took up the responsibility of buying 
groceries at the age of 15. 

9 After signing his first 
professional contract with 
Free State Stars in 2008, he bought 
his first car, a Volkswagen Polo 
1.9TDI. 

Makoia runs an annual 
football festival in Mpuma- 
langa, which he funds out of his 
own pocket, with his sponsor Puma 
providing kit and match balls. 

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REST IN PEACE Cecil Lolo 



AJAX'S VERSATILE WARRIOR HONOURED 




ACCORDING to Ajax Cape 
Town players, and former 
club administrator Thabiso 
‘Shooz’Mekuto, two words 
best suited to describe the 
late Cecil Lolo are: ‘sacrifice’ 
and ‘character’. 

Sacrifice and character are 
what drove the 27-year-old’s 
career from Khayehtsha - 
where he started playing 
football - until the day he 
died in a car accident in the 
early hours of Sunday, 25 
October. 

“Lolo was fun of character 
and made sacrifices through- 
out his career without 
complaining,” Mekuto says. 
“Every club has a character 
that brings life to the dress- 
ing room and at Ajax Cape 
Town we had Cecil Lolo. He 
was fun of energy and fud of 
action. He was one of those 
players who stood up and 
said whatever needed to be 
said when the dressing room 
was down. 

“He came from the East- 
ern Cape and grew up in 
Khayehtsha, where he had 
to fight for everything and 
that is one of the things that 
built his character.” 

Lolo was bom in Centani, 
in the thenTranskei, before 
moving to Khayehtsha 
where he started playing 
footbah as a striker. After 
joining the Ajax academy, 
Lolo was later promoted to 
the club’s Under- 19 side, 
campaigning in theVodacom 
Second Division. 

A season later he was 
loaned out to First Division 
side E^apa Sporting, return- 
ing to Ajax for the 2010/11 
season where, under Foppe 
de Haan, his career blos- 
somed. 



“When Lolo was loaned out 
to Ikapa, unfike other players 
he didn’t complain. He went 
there with a fighting attitude,” 
Mekuto says. 

“He was that kind of a char- 
acter. He joined our youth and 
played in the Second Division 
and he changed from striker 
to midfield. Foppe de Haan 
converted him to right-back 
because of his abihty to attack 
and protect the bah. And the 
rest is history.” 

Under current Ajax coach 
Roger De Sa, Lolo was an inte- 
gral member of the team, and 
in September helped the club 
win the MTN8, beating Kaizer 
Chiefs in the Final. 

“He was a kid who was at the 
club for a long, long time and 
knew the culture of the club 
very weU,”De Sa says. 

“He came through very dif- 



ficult personal circumstances 
growing up, and then breaking 
through at Ajax was also dif- 
ficult for him. 

“When I arrived at the club, 
he was a bit of a fringe player, 
and behind Nazeer AUie at 
right-back. That’s when I 
started using him in other posi- 
tions as I felt that he would be 
wasted if he did not play. For 
a few games we used him as a 
striker, and he scored! 

“We used him as a right- 
winger sometimes, and I even 
used him as a midfielder ... he 
was a fantastic go-to man with 
a fantastic character. He was 
the lead singer in the change- 
room, and always had a smile 
- you could always crack a joke 
with him,”De Sa continues. 

“Whether he was in or out 
of the squad, in the starting 1 1 
or not, he wouldn’t change. He 



was a fantastic teammate, 
and will be missed in many, 
many ways . . . it’s a bigger 
loss than just the number 
21 jersey on the field ... it’s a 
massive loss to everyone.” 

For club captain Travis 
Graham it is going to be 
tough not seeing Lolo 
around. 

“We will always have him 
in our thoughts, Graham 
says. “He played a huge role 
in the side. Not many people 
will have seen this, but he’s 
the guy that always led the 
team and brought the spirits 
up, because his presence 
there was a huge positive for 
us - when we went out on the 
field, we felt comfortable and 
confident, and he was the one 
that made us feel that way.” 

By Zola Dodaand 
Fabio De Dominicis 



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NSL HISTORY 198 



The coaching merry-go-round continues 

Nine coaching changes in six months, as Kaizer Chiefs win the first Charity Spectacular 



JAN 6 1986 Joe Frickleton starts 
training with his new dub Wits 
University after taking over as coach for 
the new season. 



JAN 10 The NSL transfer fee record is 
broken as Mamelodi Sundowns pay R40 
000 for Mike Mangena from champions 
Bush Bucks. They also sign Mike 
Ntombela from Wits. Andy Geddes returns 
to Wits after a spell with Kaizer Chiefs. 



JAN 18 The first-ever Charity 
Spectacular is hosted in front of a 
capacity crowd at Ellis Park with Kaizer 
Chiefs beating Moroka Swallows 2-1 in 
the first semi-final and Bloemfontien 
Celtic beating Jomo Cosmos 2-0 in the 
second game. Tickets cost R4, with all 
the money going to Operation Hunger. A 
goal three minutes into extra-time from 
Ricky Phuka gives Chiefs a 1-0 win over 
Celtic in the Final, and Ted Dumitru his 
first trophy in South Africa. 




JAN 21 Clive Barker resigns as coach of 
champions Bush Bucks to take over at 
AmaZulu. 



JAN 22 Orlando Pirates appoint Charles 
Segale as their coach, taking over from Phil 
Setshedi. His brother Bennie is already in 
charge at Sundowns. 



JAN 28 Ian Towers quits as coach of Hellenic 
after a row with new chairman George 
Hadjidakis. 



JAN 31 Chiefs defender Garth Allardice 
follows coach Joe Frickleton to Wits. 



FEB 8 Ernest Chirwali from Bloemfontein 
Celtic is named as 1985 Footballer of the 
Year, just edging Mike Mangena. 



FEB 9 Big spending Sundowns field five 
debutants: Mike Anderson, Mike Mangena, 
Pitso Mosimane, Mike Ntombela and 
William Zondi all face champions Bush 
Bucks, but go down 2-1 at home. Newly 
promoted Klerkdorp City beat Witbank Aces 
4-1 in their first match. 



FEB 10 Mario Tuani quits as coach of 
Swallows, leaving Rodney Bush to take over. 



FEB 25 Witbank Aces suspend six players 
who abscond from the club after they lose 
their first three League games. 



MARCH 12 Kevin Mudie and Neil Tovey ask 
Durban City to put them on the transfer list. 



MARCH 16 AmaZulu make it five wins out 
of five as they beat Fairway Stars 5-0. 




MARCH 23 Calvin Petersen scores all the 
goals as Bush Bucks beat Pretoria Callies 5-0. 



MARCH 30 Wits end AmaZulu's unbeaten 
record with a 3-2 win at Milpark, leading 
3-0 at the interval, and Rangers go top after 
a 1-1 draw with champions Bush Bucks in 
Umlazi. Hellenic beat Klerksdorp City 7-0. 



APR 4 New signing Neil Tovey scores as 
AmaZulu come from behind to end Arcadia's 
unbeaten run, with a 2-1 win in Durban. 



APR 9 Log leaders Rangers sign 20-year-old 
striker Ian Palmer. 



APR 1 1 African Wanderers refuse to start 
the game against Rangers because captain 
Dees Abdul has allegelly 'lost'his way to the 
ground. The match only starts when referee 
Errol Sweeney threatens to abandon the tie 
in favour of Rangers. 



APR 13 Bottom of the log Aces end Chiefs' 
unbeaten run with a 1-0 win in Orkney, Eric 
Maele scoring the goal. 



APR 1 7 Sundowns equal the record 
transfer fee by paying R40 000 to Arcadia for 
defender John Salter. 



APR 20 Rodney Charles marks his return to 
the Swallows line-up from the United States 
with a ninth-minute header that starts a 7-0 
rout of Klerksdorp City. Thomas Hlongwane 
grabs three. 



APR 26 The NSL reports a net loss of R350 
000 for the 1985 financial year at their 
AGM at Sun City. It is also revealed that the 
SABC paid R450 000 for the TV rights in 
1985. Four new members are voted onto 
the management committee: Godfrey 
Gxowa, Raymond Hack, Coloured Passmore 
from Second Division Blackpool and John 
daCanha. 



APR 29 Jingles Perriera is appointed as the 
new coach of Pirates, who have won just 
two of 11 League matches. 



MAY 10 Sundowns' extravagant director 
Zola Mahobe takes all his players and 
their partners to London to watch the FA 
Cup Final, where Liverpool beat Everton 
3-1 . The Pretoria team also plays a 2-2 
draw in a clandestine match against 
Crystal Palace Reserves in bitterly cold 
conditions. 



MAY 10 Shane MacGregor's penalty gives 
Rangers a 1-0 win at Klerksdorp City and 
a seven point lead over second placed 
AmaZulu. 



MAY 14 Brian Goldrick takes over from 
Joe Frickleton at Wits University after the 
Scotsman takes up an offer to become the 
general manager of the Bopsol League. 



MAY 15 Swaziland bans four of their 
nationals competing in the Castle League 
for life: Absalom 'Scara'Thindwa and William 
Shongwe of Chiefs, Len Mashabela at Celtic 
and AmaZulu's Lucky Khoza. 



MAY 27 Chiefs put Wellington Manyathi 
and Aaron Nkosi on the transfer list. 



MAY29 Joel'Ace'Mnini approaches 
Swallows for a possible return to the club 
after 14 months in the rival NPSL Ace 
Ntsoelengoe has already gone back to Chiefs 
and Jan Lechaba to Sundowns after their 
club Ace Mates folded. 



JUNE 3 Terry Paine joins Witbank Aces as 
coach and immediately signs Peter Gordon 
and Coody Bentley from his previous team, 
amateurs Bedfordview. Five days later 
Paine's first game in charge sees Aces thump 
Hellenic 5-0. 



JUNE 8 Pretoria Callies new owner Ricky 
Flynn is stabbed in the head and shoulder 
by supporters from his own club as they 
lose 3-6 to Bloemfontein Celtic. Flynn is 
admitted to intensive care, suffering from 
paralysis and brain damage. AmaZulu 
hammer Kaizer Chiefs 5-1 with Kevin 
Mudie getting two and Neil Tovey one. 
Sundowns enter the transfer market again, 
swapping Mike Mangena for Andries Chitja 
of Swallows. 



JUNE 9 Dave Roberts quits as Celtic coach 
after contract talks break down. 



JUNE 14 Durban City goalkeeper John 
Mackenna is injured when a bomb goes off 
at a Durban bar. He has 56 stitches in his 
face, but plays against Rangers six days later. 



JUNE 21 1 7-year-old Zane Moosa debuts 
for Wits against Chiefs at Milpark and steals 
the show with his tricky feet, even drawing 
applause from Amakhosi fans. The game 
ends 1-1. 



JUNE 25 George Matjila rejoins Arcadia 
on a free transfer from Aces, while veteran 
goalkeeper Patson Banda gets his clearance 
from Wanderers and signs for Swallows. 



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glazed, blank 
expression blankets 
the face of Prince 
Nxumalo, who is 

1 about to enter the 

pitch for his side’s League clash 
against Mamelodi Sundowns. 
The Ajax players and staff 
reahse it straight away. Coach 
Roger De Sa shouts for a 
stretcher. The medical staff hurry 
over, and the 25-year-old is 
rushed to hospital for the second 
time in a month. 

“Everything was fine in the 
warm-ups, but then the guys 
said I was acting strange,” 
Nxumalo recalls. “That’s when 
they saw something wrong. Only 
they saw it - 1 felt fine. 

“They took me straight to 
hospital before the game was 
about to start, and when I 
woke up, I was still dressed up, 
in my kit, with shin pads and 
ever 3 dhing - 1 was ready to 
play!”he says. 

“And I said, ‘What’s 
happening?’ But the doctors 
just said, ‘Relax’ . . . then I knew 
something was wrong, again.” 
Nxumalo had suffered 



O ^Full name: Mfanafuthi Prince 
Nxumalo ►Born: 18/5/90 in 
Umlazi ►Source: Khanya FC, 
Benfica FC ►Previous clubs: 
Amaqhawe Academy ►PSL debut: Super- 
Sport United 2 Ajax Cape Town 1 (1 9/1 2/1 2) 
►First PSL goal: SuperSport United 2 Ajax 
Cape Town 1 (19/12/12) ►Honours: 14/15 
NFD Winner; 14/15Telkom knockout winner; 
2015/16 MTN8 winner 
Career history: 

SEASON CLUB GAMES GLS 



10/11 FC Cape Town 
11/12 FCCapeTown 
12/13 SuperSport Utd 
13/14 SuperSport Utd 
FC Cape Town 
14/15 SuperSport Utd 
Golden Arrows 
15/16 Ajax Cape Town 
Totals: 



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no records available 
6 (-1-4 subs) 2 
2 (-hi sub) 0 
13 (-hi sub) 7 
K-hlOsubs) 0 
6 (-hi 1 subs) 4 
5 (-hi sub) 3 
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Despite a difficult few 
months for Ajax Cape 
Town's Prince Nxumalo, 
the striker remains upbeat 
as he seeks to replicate his 
early-season form. 

BYFABIODE DOMINICIS 



another epileptic fit just weeks 
after the first attack, ahead of 
Ajax’s MTN8 semi-final win 
over Bidvest Wits. That had 
been a huge shock, as he had 
never experienced any such 
symptoms in the past. 

Epilepsy is a chronic 
disorder, the hallmark of 
which is recurrent, unprovoked 
seizures. 

The seizures may be related 
to a brain injury or a family 
tendency, but often the cause is 
completely unknown. 

“Even when I was young, it 
never happened,” Nxumalo says. 
“The first time was at Milpark. 
When it happened, I didn’t 
know anything afterwards. I 
remember waking up in the 
hospital after the game - 1 was 
hke,‘Hawu?’I had no idea that 
so much time had passed. 

“My family was shocked. 

They were asking so many 
questions. They are still worried, 
but I told them I’m alright now.” 

The talented forward, 
speaking after his first 
appearance in 70 days following 
a substitute cameo in a 2-1 loss 
to Orlando Pirates, insists he is 
slowly returning to his best. 

“Even now, the doctors 
haven’t been able to find 
an3dhing wrong. I see different 
doctors and specialists, and 
every time I go, aH of them say 
I am alright, that everything is 
normal and I can play. 

“It’s been very hard . . . but 
the coach and the bosses have 
been very supportive, so have 
the players. I can see I am not 
alone in this.” 

Nxumalo had been in hot 
form, winning the August PSL 
Player of the Month with three 
goals in his first three matches 
for Ajax after joining from 



SuperSport United. But after 
the epileptic attack, he missed 
out on the glory of defeating 
Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 
Final, and had to pull out of 
South Africa’s tour of Central 
America. He had received 
his first-ever national caH-up 
just prior to suffering his first 
fit, so putting out was a huge 
disappointment. 

“I was so happy - 1 couldn’t 
beheve I received a calt-up,”he 
says. “I watched Bafana play 
... it was so sad. I have never 
played for any national team 
at any junior level, so receiving 
that calt-up was something else. 

“I have to work hard now, 
and score more goals so they 
can calt me up again.” 

Nxumalo is now on 
prescribed medication for his 
epilepsy, and insists his set-back 
will not deter him from giving 
maximum effort. 

“I’m not afraid to give 100 
percent, because I know if I get 
sick, Ajax are here to help me,” 



Epileptic athletes 

Thulasizwe 'Juju' Mbuyane - 
Former Orlando Pirates midfielder 
Jonty Rhodes - Former South 
African international cricketer 
Leon Legge - English footballer at 
Cambridge United ^ 

da\ Greene -Welsh hurdler 
who has won gold at the ^ 

Commonwealth, European ^ 

and World Championships 
Terry Marsh - Former 
English boxer who was j 

undefeated In the IBF world 
light-welterweight division % 
Chanda Gunn - Canadian M 
Olympic Ice-hockey goalie 
who gave up swimming and ^ 
surfing because of epilepsy 



he says. “So I have to give my aU 
to them because they’ve given 
their support to me. I’m happy, 
because I have the support of 
my family, my team and my 
friends.” 

Ajax’s coach is confident 
Nxumalo will overcome the 
illness in time. 

“We’ve really pushed him at 
training to see if he copes,” De 
Sa says. “Initially we had to keep 
a very close watch on him, and 
he’s come through pretty well. 
The specialists are very happy 
with where he’s at. He’s taken 
well to the medication, and 
we can see the future is a lot 
brighter for him.” 

Nxumalo is grateful to De Sa: 
“The coach keeps reminding me 
that I am not the only one to 
have suffered this - many other 
athletes have epilepsy,” he says. 

“Roger always encourages me: 
if we doing shooting practice, 
even if I miss nine out of ten 
shots, he’U stiU say, ‘You are the 
best! ’to boost my confidence.” 
Fellow striker Nathan Paulse 
has been Ajax’s go-to man for 
goals, enjoying a fine purple 
patch in Nxumalo’s absence 
with six goals in seven matches, 
but Nxumalo is not 



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threatened by this. 

“At the beginning of 
B the season, I was playing, 
, and he kept encouraging 

me. Then I got sick and 
^ he was scoring goals. 

K So I said to him, ‘Hey, 
you’re scoring! ’to which 
^9 he rephed,‘You know 
why? Because of you! 

I know if I don’t score, 
you’U come back and 
take my place!’ So I get 
motivation from him, 
and he does the same 
from me!” 1^ 



Second fit could have 
been avoided 



PRINCE Nxumalo's second seizure may 
have occurred because he was not 
taking enough medication, nor was he 
taking it at the correct time. 

"It's been quite complicated," Roger 
De Sa says. "The medication lasts a 
certain time, so the time he takes it to 
the time of the match is important. 

"There are also side-effects - 
dizziness, heartburn, etc. Prince was 
taking the medication earlier, so it 
wouldn't affect him too much during 
the match, but unfortunately that 
meant it was very weak before the 
match, leading to a reoccurrence. 

"The specialists have now changed 
the medication - Prince is now on a 
stronger medication for the specific 
epilepsy he has." 

DrTshepo Molobi, the national 
Under-1 7 team doctor, who also 
conducts the players' medicals at 
University of Pretoria, explains that 
treatment differs for each case. 

"It really varies - you have to look 
at a whole lot of things, and tailor- 
make it for that individual," he says. 

Molobi explains there are various 
possibilities for the onset of an 
epileptic fit, with chances of such an 
incident high in sportsman. 

"In many cases it's inherited, but is 
often caused by serious injuries to the 
head and damage to the brain. 

"Sport is very physical and there 
is contact, so strenuous exertion and 
trauma to the head may trigger such 
seizures. Dehydration may also be a 
trigger," he says. 

Molobi says there are different 
severities of epilepsy that determine 
to what extent a player may exert 
himself. 

"As a sportsman, you would still 
have to be extremely cautious, and 
still attend sessions with a neurologist. 

"They would grade the epilepsy 
based on their findings to determine 
whether or not a patient is fit enough 
to play. When you know the history and 
triggers of the particular patient, you 
can prescribe the correct medication 
- you cannot blanket a prognosis for 
everybody, it has to be tailor-made, 
factoring in age, diet, socio-economic 
status and nature of the sport. 

"If it's well controlled, you can 
very cautiously allow someone to 
participate at the highest level," he 
says. "But it needs one to be extremely 
meticulous in follow-ups of the 
condition, and excluding trigger 
factors." 



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Is it in Reyaad Pieterse's interests to sign a new 
contract if it means remaining third-choice at Kaizer 
Chiefs? asks Lovemore Moyo. 



N O matter the talent, 
there is no substitute 
for game-time. 

Kaizer Chiefs’ third- 
choice goalkeeper 
Reyaad Pieterse, who will soon 
be out of contract, has plenty 
to think about in the coming 
months. 

Young, polished, reliable, 
talented and blessed with 
height, Pieterse’s situation 
raises the question: should he 
be content with staying on at 
Chiefs as effectively third choice 
behind Itumeleng Khune and 
highly-capable second choice 
Brilliant Khuzwayo? 

The 23 -year- old’s contract 
is up at the end of June 2016, 
and with reported interest both 
domestically and from Europe, 
Pieterse has a tough decision to 
make. He has previously played 
at Shamrock Rovers in Ireland, 
and moving on to another 
local club would guarantee 
him more game-time than he is 
currently getting. 

“We keepers are always 
fighting for that number one 
spot,” Pieterse says. “We always 
want to be that guy who saves 
the team or helps the team 
claim victory. You never want to 
play second fiddle.” 

Word is that Pieterse has 
delayed contract talks with 
Chiefs as a way of buying 
time, with his heart set on a 
possible move to one of the 
Scandinavian countries where 
his characteristics - size, aerial 
command, presence, footwork, 
positioning, good attitude, 
bravery, decent distribution 
and safe hands - are highly 
sought after. 




“With regards to my contract 
negotiations, I don’t really 
want to get into that ... for now 
I am a Kaizer Chiefs player 
and I just want to do the best I 
can for this big brand,” he says 
diplomatically. 

But he admits: “I haven’t 
signed a new contract ... I just 
want to see out my time here 
and if something better comes 
from overseas then I am willing 
to take it.” 

If nothing materialises 
overseas, Pieterse admits he’d 
rather stay where he is than 
move on locally. “I am at the 
best place in the country - 
going anywhere else locally 
wouldn’t do justice to my 
career. Being at Chiefs has been 
wonderful, and if something 
happens here then I am willing 
to take it,” he says. 

Retired goalkeeper Eduan 
Naude of Forte Management, 
who represent Pieterse, 
confirms that they are not 
entertaining any local options, 
as a move back to Europe 
remains the prime target. 

“We haven’t renewed with 
Chiefs yet, but at the same time 
we haven’t closed the door on 
Chiefs,” Naude says. “What I 
have to make clear is that if 
Reyaad is not staying at Chiefs 
then he is not moving to any 
local club but heading back to 
Europe. 

“He is very ambitious and 
having had a feel of Europe 
before, he does not want to 
take a step back in his career 
by moving from the best club 
in South Africa to another 
local club. His main 
objective is to go 



overseas 
again and we 
will explore that 
option in finer detail. 

We will see what happens 
in January when he enters 
the last six months of his 
contract and pursue all options 
available. 

“If something eventually 
happens during the January 
transfer window then I am 
sure Chiefs will want to cash in 
on him then rather than lose 
him for free when his contract 
expires. But no conclusive 
decision has been made yet 
with regards to Reyaad’s 
future,” Naude explains. 

Based on what Pieterse has 
continued to show in training, 
it is evident that he has a 
firm head on his shoulders 
and hasn’t disappointed 
whenever he has been given 
a chance ahead of Khune 
and Khuzwayo. 

In his debut season 
(2013/14) Pieterse made 
his first appearance as 
a substitute against 
Polokwane City, keeping 
a clean sheet, and went 
on to start ten matches - 
mostly in continental club 
competitions - keeping 
another five clean sheets in 
the process. 

Last season he 
had six starts 
and two 






36 KICK-^F DECEMBER 2015 



substitute appearances, 
keeping five clean sheets. And 
this season he has played five 
matches, keeping two clean 
sheets and conceding five 
goals, including three in the 
5-3 thriller against against 
Maritzburg United in the 
MTN8 quarter-final. 

While he does not get as 
much game-time as he would 
like, Pieterse admits that the 
competition he faces from 
Khune and Khuzwayo helps 
improve his game 
“When you are competing 
against Itu and Brilliant you 
know that they will bring 
their A- game, and you need to 
bring yours as well,” he says. 

“It is always good fighting for 
the number one spot because 
you improve on a daily basis, 
as you know that the level of 
competition is higher and you 
need to maintain that. I learn 
on a daily basis from Khune 
and Brilliant. 

“I am also learning 
all the time from our 
goalkeeping coaches 
Rainer Dinkelacker and 
Brian Baloyi. Coach 
Brian is still under the 
guidance of coach 
Rainer, so it’s been 
very good and he 
is coming with 
some new ideas 
and is always 
trying to 
motivate and 
encourage 
us. We are 
always 
learning 




from Brian, especially from his 
past experiences.” 

Beyond domestic action, 
Pieterse has also set his sights 
on Bafana Bafana. 

“Game-time is what 
improves your chances of 
getting selected for the national 
team. If the coach calls me up 
to come and do the job, then I 
am willing to do so. I will relish 
the opportunity and try to grab 
it with both hands.” 

One area Chiefs have 
struggled with this season 
is in defence, with the hole 
left by the departure of Tefu 
Mashamaite creating structural 
weaknesses that Siyanda Xulu 
and Ivan Bukenya have yet to 
correct. But Pieterse insists it is 
just a matter of time before the 
problem is rectified. 

“It is not a worry because a 
lot of new players have come 
in, and for them to gel it takes 
time. Once that happens then 
we will get our form back and 
concede less goals and get to 
where we were last season,” 
Pieterse says. M 

O ^Full name: Reyaad Pieterse 
► Born: 1 7/2/92 in Johannes- 
burg ^Previous clubs: Bidvest 
Witsjuniors;BidBoys, Nike 
Academy ► PSL debut: Kaizer Chiefs 4 Polok- 
waneCityl (27/1 1/1 3, as a sub) P^Full debut: 
Platinum Stars 2 Kaizer Cjiefs 0 (12/3/14) 
P^Honours: 12/13, 14/15 PSL winner; 12/13 
Nedbank Cup winner; 14/15 MTN8 winner 
Career history: 

SEASON CLUB GAMES GLS 

11/12 Shamrock 

Rovers (IRE) 5 0 

12/13 KaizerChiefs did not play 

13/14 KaizerChiefs 10(1 sub) 0 

14/15 KaizerChiefs 6 (2 sub) 0 

15/16 KaizerChiefs 5 0 

Totals: 26 0 

Correct as at 12/11/15. League and Cup matches 
only. Friendlies and charity games not included. 



AUBREY MATHIBE 
11^ Patience the key 



FORMER Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper 
Aubrey Mathibe, who spent his entire 
career at the club as back-up to Brian 
Baloyi and Rowan Fernandez, feels 
Reyaad Pieterse must stay. 

Now 35, and plying his trade with 
Moroka Swallows, Mathibe was at 
Chiefs from 2000-2006 and played just 
a single match in his time there. 

"My honest advice to him is that if 
there is another local club that wants 
him I would say rather stay at Chiefs. 

I wouldn't know about overseas 
because I never played there and I 
don't know the conditions there, but I 
want to emphasise that if the interest 
is local and not from Orlando Pirates or 
possibly Mamelodi Sundowns, then he 
should just stay. 

"Locally, it can never get better than 
Chiefs. He is 23, so if he signs another 
three years it will not hurt him because 
he will be 26 by the time his next 
contract expires which is still young for 
a goalkeeper," Mathibe advises. 

"He needs to understand only a few 
lucky keepers - like Itu - can break 
through and play right away and go 
on to be stars. Others must wait, not 
because they are not good, but because 
they will blossom at a later stage. There 
is no guarantee that he will always 
remain on the bench if he signs a new 
contract. He must be positive - his 
attitude will be important, he will need 
to continue maintaining a good head 
instead of becoming ill-disciplined 
because he is not playing. 

"Goalkeeping is such a delicate 
position because only one can play at 
a time. It really hurts having to sit on 
the bench, but you have to be patient 
and keep reminding yourself that to 
get to Chiefs it means you are the best," 
Mathibe adds. IS] 



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Bongani Khumalo has returned to South African shores, joining his former team SuperSport United 
for a second stint after previously winning a hat-trick of Absa Premiership titles with the Tshwane side. 
The former Bafana Bafana skipper sits with KICK OFF's Chad Klate to talk through his English League 
experiences, a fruitless five years and the challenges of a decent upbringing. 




B ongani Khumalo rose to 
prominence during his 
three years at SuperSport 
United, when he won three 
consecutive League titles 
and represented South 
Africa at the 2009 Fifa 
Confederations Cup and the 20 10 World 
Cup. This earned him a move to English 
Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, 
who have been in partnership with 
United’s Youth Academy since 2007. 

After signing a five-year contract 
with Spurs in 2010 Khumalo joined the 
London-based club in January 2011, but 
spent most of his time on loan at Preston 
North End, Reading, PAOK in Greece, 
Doncaster Rovers and Colchester United 
before returning to South Africa at the 
beginning of this season. 

Upon his return to SuperSport the 
28-year-old made his competitive debut 
in his side’s 3-1 defeat to BidvestWits 
in the opening round of the MTN8, and 
faced criticism for his defensive display 
after allowing The Clever Boys to breach 
the backline on three occasions. He was 
then part of the team that suffered 4-1 
and 3-1 League defeats to Kaizer Chiefs 
and Platinum Stars respectively. It was a 
tough return, but Khumalo is a fighter, 
and is relishing the challenge. 

KICK OFF: Bongs, welcome back to the 
PSL. What have you made of your return 
so far, and how does it compare to your 
experiences in England? 

BONGANI KHUMALO: It is obviously very 
different. The mentality and the style - 
it’s all very, very different. In Europe, 
players are more tactically disciphned. 
Even in the Championship, the players 
have incredible technique. In the PSL, we 
tend to rely a lot on the individual - the 
speed, brilliant skill - but it’s different 
everywhere you go in the world. 

When I arrived at Tottenham I 
struggled to adjust and adapt to a 
different mentality. People talk about 
the pace of the game - where here we 
have fast players, in England it’s the ball; 
the speed of actual play and the game 
intelhgence - you get players who see 
three, four passes ahead and that’s where 
their speed lies. It’s a huge difference, 
especially for a defender, to adjust to 



handling different situations. In the 
Championship, it’s more in your face, it’s 
more direct and with a lot more contact. 
So in terms of the different styles. I’ve 
had good experience. Playing in Greece 
was also different, I played a couple of 
Europa League qualifiers. There it’s more 
technical but a bit slower, with a lot of 
tactics as weU. So that’s three places 
where the mentalities are totally different. 

Now I’ve come back, and even though 
I’ve played here before, I think people 
don’t realise that when you’re used to a 
certain mentality and style, it takes some 
time to readjust. 

Many fans tend to view the lower 
divisions, such as the Championship, as 
a step down from the PSL. What do you 
make of that perception? 

It’s a very common misconception that 
the lower leagues in England are not 
worth playing in. What’s unfortunate is 
that there’s no exposure, and people have 
no idea what the competitiveness or the 
professionalism is hke. All people know 
is what they see, which is the Premier 
League week-in, week-out. 



The Championship is really tough - to 
be fair, even as players we used to think 
little of it, but it’s really not the case when 
you’re playing there. I can guarantee 
that if players in the PSL go over to the 
Championship, they would find it really 
hard. The intensity of those games is 
incredible from the minute the first whistle 
goes. It was a fight and I learned to love it, 
and I really enjoyed my time there. 

But again, it’s hard to change public 
perception when there’s no education 
because games don’t get televised. If the 
Championship was broadcast as much 
as the Premier League, people would 
realise what good players there are in 
that league, and maybe even wonder 
why some aren’t playing for Manchester 
United or Chelsea. But because there’s 
no exposure, people can’t rate it, so they 
assume, ‘He might as well be playing 
Mvela League, it’s the same thing’. But 
NO my friend, it’s nowhere near that. 

I never take the criticism personally; 

I had an incredible experience and I 
loved it. I lived the dream and people will 
always have good and bad opinions, but ^ 



M ^ Playing in the English Championship was H H 
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I never thought about it. I was around 
some top players, and the greatest feeling 
was gaining respect away from home. I’ll 
always be grateful for that experience. 

What do you mean when you say you were 
"living the dream"? 

Imagine waking up every day and having 
that itch to go and give your best because 
you are training with the world’s top 
players. I remember my first day of 
training; David Beckham was sitting next 
to me in a changeroom. I used to think 
I get to training early, but when I would 
arrive, he was already there chilling 
and having a yoghurt before he goes to 
gym. And it wasn’t only Beckham; it 
was Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker, Luca 
Modric, Gareth Bale, Tom Huddlestone 
. . . that was surreal; it was a dream. On 
the training ground the quality is umeal. 
You’d get Defoe coming to you and telling 
you, ‘Bongs, today everything I touch is a 
goal’, and then after training he’d come 
in and say, ‘Bongs, what did I tell you?’. 
These are players that have achieved, yet 
they still want to be at their very best 
every single day. 

How did you adapt to the lifestyle? 
Suddenly you were earning British 
pounds, how did that impact on you? 

It’s important that your lifestyle remains 
consistent. There’s nothing wrong with 
treating yourself with something nice, but 
a trap that people often fall into is when 
they earn more, they try to live a different 
lifestyle to show that they’ve gone up. 

I count myself lucky because my best 
friends aren’t in football or sport, and I 
come from a good family. I went to a good 
school and they looked after me, but I just 
wanted something that no parent can give 
you, which is football - 1 worked for it. It 
was never about money for me. 

You've faced some personal criticism over 
the years. How has that affected you, and 
what is it about Bongani Khumalo that 
people don't know? 

I don’t come from a poor background. I 
was weU taken care of while I was growing 
up - my Dad was a lecturer at Unisa 
and my Mom was a high school teacher. 
Because of my background, I had to work 
three times as hard as anyone else to get 
where I wanted to be. People think that 
it’s aU fun and games for me now that I’ve 
played in the national team, in the World 
Cup and I’ve gone to Europe, so it’s like, 
‘Oh, model C, model C’, but it was always 
hard to be taken seriously. 

I’ve never thought for one second that 
I’m the best player, but I will work and 
fight, and never give up. That’s it. I will 



^Full name: Bongani Sandile Khumalo 
^Born: 6/1/87 in Manzini, Swaziland 
^Previous teams: Arcadia Shepherds 
^Professional debut: WitbankSpurs2 
University of Pretoria 2 (13/8/05) ►First goal: ORTambo 
District Cosmos 1 University of Pretoria 3 (14/1/07) ►PSL 
debut: SuperSport Utd 0 Kaizer Chiefs 0 (16/9/07) ►First 
PSL goal: SuperSport United 3 Orlando Pirates 1 (14/11/07) 
►International debut: South Africa 2 Zimbabwe 1 (11/3/08) 
►Honours: 42 senior international caps, 8 under-23 caps; 
2007/08, 2008/09, 2009/10 PSL champion 
Career history: 



SEASON 


CLUB 


MATCHES 


GOALS 


05-07 


Univ. Of Pretoria (Div.l) 


50 (-F 6 Sub) 


4 


07/08 


Supersport United 


28 


4 


08/09 


Supersport United 


27 (-h4Sub) 


4 


09/10 


Supersport United 


29 


1 


10/11 


Supersport United 


10 


0 




Tottenham Hotspur 
Preston North End 
(England Div. 1, Loan) 


did not play 
6 


0 


11/12 


Tottenham Hotspur 


did not play 






Reading (England Div. 


5 


0 


12/13 


1, Loan) 

PAOK (Greece, Loan) 


24 (-1-4 sub) 


0 


13/14 


Doncaster Rovers 
(England Div. 1, Loan) 


32 


0 


14/15 


Colchester (third tier) 


10 


0 


15/16 


SuperSport United 


9 


0 


TOTALS 




230 


13 



Correct as at 12/11/2015. League and cup games only. Charity 
games and friendlies not included. 

never say ‘I was a great player’, but I’ll 
say ‘I worked, I grafted, I did whatever I 
could to improve’. 

I lost my Dad when I was 13, and my 
Mom when I was 23. On the opening 
day of the 20 10 World Cup was exactly 
a year since my mom had passed away. 
She died while I was in camp for the 
Confederations Cup [in 2009]. It was 
a tough time. You get challenges, but 
people don’t see that. At the end of the 



day, people wiU always have perceptions 
and opinions of you, but it’s important to 
just focus on yourself, your career, your 
passion and your love. 

You also suffered quite a serious injury in 
Bafana's 5-0 loss to Brazil in 2014. What 
was that like and how tough was it to 
come back? 

My injury was career-threatening; it was 
massive and it’s a miracle that I’m still 
playing football. I ruptured my patella 
tendon; my knee-cap was half-way up my 
thigh and because I’m a big guy, that’s a 
massive tendon. I grafted for months to 
come back, and when I played my first 
45 minutes after eight months, no one 
could believe it. The physiotherapist even 
told me, ‘Bongs, honestly, I (hdn’t think 
you’d play football again’. But I lost all 
my muscle - my leg was straight for three 
months. I was at training by myself - six 
fields, it was empty, it was baby steps. I 
had to start all over with walking and 
running ... it’s a miracle. 

Any hopes of returning to the national 
team set-up now that you are back home? 
I’m always hungry to play at a higher 
level. I do miss the big games, the 
occasions that those games brought, 
but I mean I haven’t retired, which says 
everything. At the end of the day there’s 
a coach in place - if he wants to select 
me then I’m available, but if not then life 
goes on. My current focus is purely on 
SuperSport though. If I do a job there, 
then maybe I have a chance with the 
national team. 




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KICK OFF: How do you feel 
about life so far at Chippa 
United? 

ARISTIDE BANCE: It feels good. 

I received a warm welcome and 
everyone in the team is friendly, 
the coach and all the players. I 
am very happy! 

After playing in Europe, 
why did you choose to come 
to South Africa? 

I played here during the 
Africa Cup of Nations, and I 
loved what I saw - it’s a beau- 
tiful country. Also, one of my 
friends Madi Panandetiguiri 
played here at Chippa United. 
He told me many positive 
things about this country. 

How do you find life in the 
Friendly City, Port Elizabeth? 

, ^ It’s cool. Somehow it feels 
like Europe. I go out to 
restaurants once in a 
while, but I don’t 
go out much. 

I prefer to 
stay indoors 
after training. 
You trained with Wits 
but did not sign. Please 
share with us what 
happened? 

Yes I trained with 
Wits, but from what 
I heard from my 
manager, Jean Marc 
[Eyango], they could 
not agree on financial 
terms. 



Now that you have played a 
few games, how do you find 
the standard of football? 

It’s good! It’s open because 
any team can beat any other 
team. I also like the way the 
teams play here; it’s attacking 
football. 

How do you feel about Chippa's 
performance so far? 

So far the team is doing weU, 
though we are not consistent. 
There is great hope. The play- 
ers are hungry for success. The 
club is not big like Orlando 
Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs or Ma- 
melodi Sundowns, but there 
is great potential. Everyone 
is working hard. I am here to 
help the club win - 1 want to 
help the team become a pow- 
erhouse. Everything is possible 
as long we work hard and 
work collectively as a team. 
You have played alongside 
Lerato Manzini, Mhlengi 
Cele and Rhulani Manzini; 
who do you enjoy 
playing with? 

AH the players are 
good. I am a 
team player, I 
don’t mind 
who I play 
with. I 
am also 
not a 
coach, 
so I 



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'I want to help Chippa United become a 
powerhouse" 



can’t choose. I enjoy playing 
with aU the strikers, Mhlengi, 
Lerato and Rhulani; it’s not a 
problem. We aU have different 
quahties, but Rhulani is strong, 
he can run and can fight for 
the bah in the air. 

What are views about Mark 
Mayambela, the crowd 
favourite? 

Mark is a good player. If he can 
use ah his concentration, he 
can do better than he is doing 
now - he can play in Europe 
if he wants. He can dribble, 
he can run and 
he has a good 
physique. 

Who has been your 
toughest opponent in the 
League so far? 

It’s difficult to say now - 
maybe after the hrst round I 
can say something. But I can 
mention my teammate, James 
[Okwuosa]. I see him more at 
training and during the games. 
He is strong and also good in 
the air. 

Who amongst the "Big Three' 
has impressed you most so 
far this season? 

Orlando Pirates. They play 
good, attacking footbah, and 
they are quick. 

What are your personal 
ambitions in the PSL? 

I am team player and I hke 
to work as a member of a 
collective for the success of 



the team. I know as a striker, 
you wiU expect me talk to you 
about the top goalscorer award. 
No! I don’t mind who scores. 

If we lose 3-2 and I score a 
goal I feel bad; if we win 1 -0 
and another player scores, then 
I am happy. My ambition is 
to do well with the rest of the 
team this season. M 



O ^Full name: Aristide Bance 
►Born 19/9/84 in Abidjan, 

Ivory Coast ►Source: Stade 
Abidjan youth ►PSL debut: 
Platinum Stars 3 Chippa Utd 2 (22/9/15) ►First 
goal: Chippa Utd 2 Polokwane City 1 (25/9/15) 
►Honours: 47 Burkina Faso caps (13 goals); 
2014 Finnish League winner; 2014 Finnish Cup 
winner; 1 1/12 UAE League Cup winner 
Career history: 

SEASON CLUB GAMES GLS 

2000 
2001 
2002 



04/05 



07/08 



08/09 



2014 



*- loan 

Totals: 



Stade Abidjan 


33 


8 


Athletic Adjame 


30 


5 


RFC Daoukro 


20 


8 


Santos Burkina 


16 


9 


Lokeren 


7(13 sub) 


6 


Lokeren 


12(13 sub) 


6 


Lokeren 


20 (9 sub) 


15 


Metalurh Donetsk 


5 (7 sub) 


2 


terminal 


2 (8 sub) 


0 


Beerschot 
*Kickers Offenbech 


10 


4 


Mainz 


35 (2 sub) 


18 


Mainz 


28 (2 sub) 


10 


AIAhli(UAE) 


7 


2 


^UmmSalal (Qat) 


7 


2 


*Samsunspor 


18 (2 sub) 


5 


Augsburg 


6 (+15 sub) 1 


*Fortuna 


5 (11 sub) 


2 


Dusseldorf 
HJK Helsinki 


4 (+2 sub) 1 


Irtysh Pavlador 


9 (+2 sub) 2 


(Kaz) 

Chippa Utd 


7 


2 




281 


108 



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After 20 years as a coach, Gavin Hunt is able to reflect 
on how the game has evolved over the years from a 
coaching and playing perspective. 



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KICK OFF: Let's go back to the 
beginning of the season - 12 out of 
16 coaches in the PSL were local. As 
a local coach who's been doing this 
job for 20 years, how did that make 
you feel? 

GAVIN HUNT: It’s good and it shows 
you there is a need and a wiU to 
learn - they want to improve. People 
that are involved are people certainly 
earning their stripes - you know 
what Fm saying. A lot of ex-players 
just want it to happen without going 
through the learning process. I was 
in the First Division for three years. 

A lot of coaches certainly want top 
jobs and good jobs, but you’ve got 
to earn your stripes. I don’t buy 
into this ‘local coach’ or ‘foreign 
coach’. If he’s done weU, earned 
his stripes, got good credentials 
and good qualifications, it doesn’t 
matter where he is from. For 
ex-players, if they want to 
coach, they must go through 
the process. 

You have a Uefa 'A' Licence 
- how has that helped you in 
your career? 

You start out learning from 
coaches you worked under, and 
use your experiences to implement 
things that would be of benefit to 
you as a player. But there is no 
doubt that when you do the licences 
and coaching courses, you learn 
from other coaches and learn from 
experiences what to do in crisis 
situations; what to do and what you 
don’t need to do. There are a lot of 
coaches who feel they don’t need to 
do coaching courses, but I disagree. 
The game doesn’t change, but 
you need to update certain trends. 
Society is changing, the youth 
are changing and the mentahty is 
changing. From my time, in terms of 
how the players were spoken to and 
how you trained is totally different. 
Can you please elaborate on that? 
Look at the youth of today. If the 
players got spoken to now the way 
I got spoken to they wouldn’t play. 
They would cry and run away. The 
game has changed; the youth are 
weak, the mentality is weak and 
in my time the players were more 
focused. 



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Who paid for your qualifications? 

I paid my way - the tickets and 
everything. I did it the hard way and 
now people are sent aU over the world 
through Safa. I have earned my stripes 
while a lot of people got it for free. 

How much did you spend? 

I spent R180 000 to do my coaching 
courses, over a four-year period. It has 
paid off in a sense that it just gives 
you a better outlook. You can solve a 
lot of problems by doing certain drills 
and certain training sessions. It can’t 
teach you the dynamics of the game. 

The smeU of the dressing room is the 
most important thing: can you teU what 
it needs and doesn’t need? Coaching 
courses won’t teach you that, that’s a 
human element, but certainly from a 
training perspective what it can teach 
you is what to do and what not to do 
in certain situations. When we do the 
final exam for the‘A’hcence there are 75 
topics you need to know . . . that’s why it 
takes you four years, and those are the 
type of things money can’t buy. 

Wits are once again one of the League 
front-runners. Do you think you have 
the squad to win the title? 

WeU, our team is better and there is a 
lot more resiUence.That was one of the 
things lacking, this is a club that hasn’t 
got a winning culture and we need to 
create that, which takes time and starts 
from the top. 

You probably have more youngsters 
than most PSL teams - players like 
Phakamani Mahlambi (18), Marcus 
Lecki (21) and Paseka Sekese (21). 

How is that working out? 

Youth gives you freshness, gives you 
brightness and gives you energy. It gives 
you freedom. I always say old players 
are overrated. 

In what sense? 

Because old players generaUy have a lot 
of bad habits. I had breakfast with Sir 
Alex Ferguson and asked him, ‘What 
is your secret since you’ve been in the 
game for more than 20 years?’ and he 
said when a player loses his hunger 
and desire, you’ve got to get rid of him. 
That’s the secret . . . the most important 
thing in footbaU is knowing when to 
get rid of a player. When the players 
are winning, do they stiU want to win? 
And when you are winning you have 
to change your team, and when you 



HUNT SAYS 

I spent R180 000 to do 
my coaching courses. 

I'm a big believer in the youth. 

Old players are overrated. 

Sir Alex Ferguson said to me when 
a player loses his hunger and desire, 
you get rid of him. 

If Zongo is honest with 
himself he has failed, hasn't he? 

Vilakazi hasn't played with a smile 
on his face, even at training. 

Black Leopards was the most 
pleasurable coaching job that I've had. 

Even throw-ins are bad in South Africa. 



are losing you don’t change your team. 

It is so true - when you are winning 
you must introduce new players and 
keep the freshness in the squad. Never 
let a team get old together - there are 
one or two teams getting old together 
and you can see it. The results are 
not there, they haven’t introduced 
younger players while they were 
winning . . . When we were winning with 
I SuperSport, we brought in [Masibusane] 

W Zongo, [Kermit] Erasmus, [Thandani] 

I Ntshumayelo, Ronwen WiUiams and 

that kept the team fresh. 

Is that the reason we don't have many 
players moving to Europe? 

That’s the bottom hne.They are too 
comfortable here and right back to my 
statement earher: society has changed. 
Our youth has changed; they are spoilt 
and they are lazy. You’ve got to want it 
more. The ones with huge potential are 
generally not achieving anything. 

What do you make of Zongo? 

If Zongo is honest with himself, he has 
failed, hasn’t he? When he came on the 
scene in 2008 we played Chiefs and 
Daine Klate got injured, so Zongo was 
the next in line. I couldn’t play anybody 
else and I played him. I believed in 
him. He did the simple things, which is 
what you want. And the simple things 
' in football are the hardest things to 
‘ do. Zongo would get the bah, beat the 
^ man and cross the bah. His crossing 
^ is unbehevable. Jimmy Tau was the 

I Chiefs right-back, and I think Jimmy 
" is stiU looking for Zongo! We thought ^ 




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we had something, but the next game he 
started doing things that didn’t apply m 
the team. He wanted to play his way. If 
you look at that bunch - ‘Bibo’, Kermit, 
[Kamohelo] Mokotjo, Ronwen - he was 
the best player. But Mokotjo has played 
over 100 games in the Dutch League. Bibo 
has played maybe 200 games iu the PSL 
and he’s won trophies. Kermit played at 
Feyenoord - been there, done that. He’s 
still scoring for a big team. Ronwen has 
been consistent and yet Zongo was the best 
in that group. You got to ask yourself why? 
People say he’s got flair and yeah, but Pitso 
[Mosimane] is right. 

Pitso did criticise Zongo's showboating ... 

If Zongo gets the ball, beats people and 
crosses the ball he is magnificent. He would 
kill everybody, because he can pass, he can 
play and shoot, but obviously you know he 
has his way of playing. Really, do we want 
our game to go that way? 

Did you watch our Under-17s at the World 
Cup? Are there any players you would love 
to have at Wits? 

Is that really our best Under- 17 side? No, 
if we are honest with ourselves. Have we 
really gone looking for the best talent 
in South Africa? For me, there have got 
to be better players. How do we take a 
midfielder and play him at full-back? A 



national team should never compromise by 
playing players out of position. If that’s our 
best team, I think we’ve got problems. The 
national team is not about coaching, but 
it is about selecting. It is about selecting 
players who can play a certain way. 

And Bafana Bafana? 

Bafana is what it is at the moment. It is a 
team going through a transitional phase 
and the selection of players is interesting. 
Everybody is going to criticise the selection, 
but certainly there are better players, in my 
honest opinion. There certainly has to be 
more scrutiny going into the selection. 

Some people believe you should coach the 
national team. Is that your ambition? 

I always said it is something that needs to 
be done by an older person - your older 

O ^Full name: Gavin John Hunt ►Born: 11/7/64 
in Cape Town ►Playing career: Hellenic (1981 - 
1994) 302 games, 6 goals; Cape Town Spurs (1993) 

11 games ►Coaching career: Seven Stars 
(1995-1998); Hellenic (1999-2001); Black Leopards (2001/2002); 
Moroka Swallows (2002-2007); SuperSport United (2007-13); 
BidvestWits 2013- ►Coaching honours: 1997/1998 First 
Division Coastal Stream champion, 01/02, 07/08 PSL Coach of the 
Year, 2004 Absa Cup winner; 07/08, 08/09, 09/10 PSL champion, 
2012 Nedbank Cup winner 



Hunt's PSL record (as at 9/1 1/15) 






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GA 


524 


226 


161 


137 


699 


503 



national team coaches are better because of 
the frequency of the playing and working 
environment. There is not really much 
to do besides watching games. I think a 
national coach could get more involved in 
the teams, maybe watching training a httle 
bit more. If you are not sure about a player, 
go and watch the training. That has never 
happened and that’s something I would 
do. Ask about a player if you are not sure. 
They have to be more iuteractive, because 
what else are they doiug? One coach who 
did get it right was Chve [Barker]. He got 
the selection right ... he had a balanced 
team and the results proved that. Now 
with our ranking dropping people don’t 
want to play us, but you need to be playing 
stronger opposition all the time. He played 
Argentina, Germany, Brazil . . . now we play 
Swaziland! It is about selection. 

Kermit Erasmus said he is 'no back-up 
playeF - was that situation created by the 
way the team is selected? 

Well, something happened that we 
haven’t seen and haven’t heard. 

Something between Shakes and him. 

If there is one person who can score it 
is Kermit, even if he plays 20 minutes. 

I know him. If you look at the Bafana 
bench now, you are saying, ‘Um, there is 
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Better than Benni? 



Is Phakamani Mahlambi really better than Benni 
McCarthy at 1 8, as you recently stated? 

It is hard to compare because the one is done and the 
other is just starting. People say I've got rocks in my 
head, but Phakamani has more pace, and can shoot 
left and right better than Benni. He's got more spring 
in the air, he can play in numerous positions and he's 
got something Benni never had - Benni couldn't beat 
people. But potential means nothing until you turn 
it into medals. If this boy can get half of what Benni 
achieved, he would be happy. I think he would tick more 
boxes than Benni did at 1 8, but that means nothing if he 
loses desire. Benni had the attitude to want to achieve. 



change a game. So fit or not fit, problems 
or no problems, you put your pride in the 
pocket, and move on. 

What's the situation with Sibusiso Vilakazi? 
He started the first nine League games last 
season and in comparison, he has started 
only five of 10 this season ... 

IfVila is honest with himself and I’m honest 
with him, he hasn’t been producing. I like 
him, but he hasn’t been doing it for us with 
the bah or without the ball. 

Is it due to off-season transfer rumours? 
Any player would be affected by all 
the media hype, but we need a fit and 
motivated Vilakazi - which we haven’t 
had. That’s the bottom line. There is no 
tip-toeing around the situation. Of course 
he could bounce back. He is 25 and he 
needs to regain his hunger, especially for 
the game. A lot of footballers fall out of love 
with the game. He hasn’t played with a 
smile on his face, even at training. He needs 
to rekindle that hunger. 

But Alex Ferguson said that you should get 
rid of such a player ... 

[Laughs] Well, then the debate comes. 



Players can’t keep moving because 
something has gone down at the club. They 
should bring back what we had in our day. 
We all wanted to move, but we were bound 
to the club for life until the Bosman ruling 
came in. I signed a registration form in 
1981 and I left Hellenic in 1994. 1 wanted 
to leave every year. The only time they 
allowed you to leave was when they didn’t 
want you anymore. Things have changed. 
Let's talk about your coaching career. How 
was your stay at Black Leopards? 

Here, you take a boy from Cape Town, and 
you put him in a situation like that. That 
was the best thing. The boys at Leopards 
had nothing . . . but one thing they had 
was hunger and desire. That was the most 
pleasurable coaching job that I’ve had in 
terms of how they responded. The only 
reason we got beat or lost games was 
because maybe we weren’t good enough, 
but it was never through lack of desire or 
heart. I have to thank PavidjThidiela, 
because he put faith in me. When I got 
there, I will never forget, I said to him, 
‘David, we need a few players and he said 
to me, ‘No, no, no. You will use these rural 
boys’. They got better and there is nothing 
easier in the world than coaching a player 
who wants to learn. We were never going to 
win the League [Leopards finished in the 
top eight] because we never had enough 
quality, but we were second halfway into 
the season. ‘Matari’ [Chris Netshidzivhe] 
couldn’t even speak English and he took 
me to his house where he was bom next 
to a river. And here he is camping in the 
Holiday hm and fiying in an aeroplane 
talking 4-4-2, 4-3-3 and it was good for me 
as a coach to go back to a basic situation. 
Being named Coach of the Year must have 
been very satisfying? 

There was a little bit of resentment towards 
it because people were like, ‘What did we 
win? ’I felt it was mission accomplished 
from what we achieved. We faded at the 
end, because we didn’t have the numbers. 

So why did you leave? 

I got offered an opportunity at Swallows. 
They doubled my money and I knew that to 
achieve what we achieved again was going 
to be very difficult ... It was a footballing 
decision. No disrespect to Leopards, but 
this was an opportunity at a club with a 
bigger stature - even though Leopards were 
drawing more crowds. I remember even 
when we played Bush Bucks there would be 






If Vila is honest with himself and I'm honest 
with him, he hasn't been producing. 




10 000 people there. 

After all you've achieved, do you still have 
the hunger for the game? 

When I come to training tomorrow 
morning for a five-a-side, I want to win. 

I will never lose the hunger. I lose hunger 
when the players don’t want to get better - 
then either the player must go or I go. 

How did you do it at SuperSport United? 

It was a club that always wanted to achieve 
and our recruitment was good. Maybe 
we didn’t always get the best players, but 
we got the right players. Look at Shane 
Poggenpoel. He didn’t get the accolades he 
deserved, but he was fantastic for us. I had 
players like Daine [Klate], [Elias] Pelembe, 
Bongani [Khumalo], Morgan [Gould]... 
those were the right players. 

A former player of yours once told KICK OFF 
it is your dream to coach in England ... 

I’ve got a desire to coach in England? 

No, no. A lot of coaches will say that they 
want to do things and when they get into 
situations, they are scared. If you take a 
coach and say here is an open chequebook, 
they wouldn’t spend the money. I will 
spend the money, buy the best players and 
put myself under pressure. I want to have 
that pressure to win. I don’t want to be the 
underdog. So it’s not about England, but 
about trying to get to the highest level. 

Some people say PSL football is boring 
because coaches apply negative tactics ... 
The games are quite exciting, but it is 
the quality of the final pass. How many 
times do you see good movement and 
build up? All the players have to do is 
cross the ball into the box, and then it is 
a mistake or a bad pass. It is more to do 
with the quality of the individual in a final 
moment. Sundowns have the quality in 
the final moment more than anybody else. 
Keagan DoUy can play a final pass and 
Teko [Modise] is stiU a fantastic player in 
the final pass. And that’s all that’s lacking 
in South Africa. In the middle third I think 
we are as good as anybody else in the world 
- the passing, one-twos and moving. In 
the defending third, not so good; and the 
final third, we are rated at number 150! If 
you take a player like Kermit and feed bim 
properly, he can score plenty goals.Look at 
comers. People go into the area to wait for 
the ball, but the ball is 1 0 metres too high 
or low or 20 metres away, so the deliverer 
is the problem. In the 1980s we had five, 
six, seven, eight players scoring 20 goals 
and more. Why? Because the delivery was 
better. Even throw-ins are bad in South 
Africa. So where does it lead you back to? 
Development. We need to get more qualified 
coaches especially at ground level. 



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T wenty years after the event, 
it seems strange to hear one 
of Orlando Pirates’ legends of 
1995 say “we did not take the 
competition seriously” but that 
is how the players approached 
the African Champions Cup at first. 

Edward Motale recalls that at the time 
Pirates had no understanding whatsoever 
of the challenges of playing in Africa. “It 
was great to win the competition, because 
at the beginning we didn’t take it seriously. 



to be honest with you,” Motale says. 

“It was the first time we were playing in 
such a tournament and we didn’t really 
know what to expect. But the more we 
progressed we reahsed that we were com- 
peting in a very important tournament and 
we became more focused. 

“There were so many difficulties we 
came across, but we were so determined, 
even though there was no prize money.” 
December 16 will hold special signifi- 
cance for Orlando Pirates this year, as the 



club celebrates the 20th anniversary of be- 
ing crowned CAF Champions Cup winners 
following their 3-2 aggregate win over Asec 
Mimosa of Cote d’Ivoire in 1995. 

The Buccaneers’ route to African glory 
started in Mbabane, Swaziland. Coached 
by Mike Makaah, who had guided them to 
the League title the year before, they swept 
aside Eleven Men in Flight with a 5-0 
aggregate score, setting up a clash against 
Nigerians BCC Lions. 

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di. It was to prove an important moment 
in Pirates initiation into the trials and 
tribulations of playing on the continent. 

“When we went to play in Nigeria, the 
hotel we stayed in had a nightclub, a disco, 
prostitutes and everything. It was hke be- 
ing in the middle of HiUbrow. We couldn’t 
sleep because people were knocking on our 
doors aU the time,”Motale says. “We had to 
be strong and every time we experienced 
something negative it made us stronger. 
Our bond was strong. 

In the first leg against BCG Lions, 

Arthur Madueme opened the scoring for 
the hosts after just two minutes, but Bruce 
Ramokadi’s 73rd minute equahser gave 



Pirates a vital away goal in what ended 
as a 1-1 draw. 

It was an impressive result, given that 
the referee and match commissioner 
spent much of the half-time interval 
instructing an assistant referee exactly 
when he should raise his flag for offside 
when Pirates were on the attack. 

In the return leg Brandon Silent’s fifth 
minute goal was enough to hand Pirates 
a 2-1 aggregate win. 

On the domestic scene, however. Pi- 
rates were faUing behind in the title race 
and Joe Frickleton replaced Makaab. 
Frickleton’s first continental match was 
a tricky quarter-final first leg away to 



Road to the Final 

First round. First leg 
1 2 March, Mbabane, Swaziland 

Eleven Men in Flight 0 

Orlando Pirates 3 (Ramokadi30,51 Motale73) 

First Round, Second Leg 
25 March, Johannesburg 

Orlando ?Mes2 (Lane 2 Maponyane 89) 

Eleven Men in Flight 0 

Second round, first leg 
7 May, Makurdi, Nigeria 

BCC Lions (1) 1 (Madueme 2) 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Ramokadi73) 

Second round, second leg 
21 May, Johannesburg 

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Silent 5) 

BCC Lions 0 

Quarter-final, first leg 
10 September, Libreville, Gabon 

Mbilinga (1)2 (Adewale W0gandaga89) 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Maponyane 50) 

Quarter-final, second leg 
23 September, Johannesburg 

Orlando Pirates (2) 3 (Mkhalele 1 1 Silent 29 Sikhosana 
89) 

Mbilinga 0 

Semi-final, first leg 
1 4 March, Johannesburg 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Sikhosana 52) 

Express 0 

Semi-final, second leg 
28 October, Uganda 

Express (0) 1 (Arinaitwe65) 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Lane 89) 

1995 CAF Champions Cup Final, First Leg 
Saturday, 2 December 
At FNB Stadium 

Orlando Pirates (2) 2 (Mkhalele 5 Lane 42) 

Asec Abidjan (2) 2 (7aki 18Sie31) 

Dismissal: Mncwango 36 

Pirates: Williams Okpara, Edward Motale, PhiriTsotetsi, 
Mark Fish, Gavin Lane, John Moeti (DumisaNgobe86th), 
Innocent Mncwango, Brandon Silent, Helman Mkhalele, 
Marc Batchelor (Bruce Ramokadi 81st), Jerry Sikhosana 
Coach: Joe Frickleton 
Second Leg 
Saturday, 16 December 
In Abidjan 
Asec Abidjan 0 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Sikhosana 73) 

Pirates: Williams Okpara, Edward Motale, Phiri 
Tsotetsi, Mark Fish, Gavin Lane, John Moeti, Vincent 
Sokhela (Bernard Lushozi 77th), Brandon Silent, Helman 
Mkhalele, Bruce Ramokadi (Marc Batchelor 54), kny 
Sikhosana 

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The first leg of the Final was scheduled 
for FNB Stadium, and according to former 
Pirates goalkeeper Williams Okpara; 

“Asec came here thinking they would win 
comfortably. They were favourites because 
of their track record.” 

But the Ivorians got a shock when 
Mkhalele opened the score inside five min- 
utes - cutting in from the left wing to curl 
the ball inside the far post. 

“I didn’t touch the ball for four minutes 
and I was so frustrated because I wanted to 
get into the game,” Mkhalele recalls. “But 
with my first touch I played a combination 
with Jerry and scored the opening goal 
and that changed everything.” 

But ‘everything’ quickly changed again. 
Pirates began to lose their way in midfield 
and panic at the back as Asec got into 
their groove. 

Nigerian striker John Zaki equalised in 
the 18th minute before Donald Sie made it 
2-1 for the visitors on the half hour. It got 
worse a few minutes later when captain In- 
nocent Mncwango was sent off for a stamp. 
Pirates were down to 10 men and chasing 
the match. 

Lane saved the day with another headed 
goal, three minutes before the interval, but 
as the match ended 2-2, Asec remained 
firm favourites to clinch the trophy in the 
second leg. 

To make things worse for the dejected 



Pirates fans, some sections of the local 
media showed complete ignorance of the 
away-goal rule, and informed readers that 
away goals count double - meaning that 
Asec Mimosa were leading 4-2! 

That was quickly cleared up, but 
when Khoza fired Frickleton for pubfi- 
cally criticising the club, things began to 
look bad again. Assistant coach Ronald 
Mkhandawire was put in charge for the 
most important match in the club’s history. 

With captain Mncwango suspended, the 
inexperienced Mkhandawire taking the 
reins, and a partisan crowd awaiting them 
in Abidjan, Pirates looked doomed. 

“On Tuesday before we left for Abidjan 
I received a call from Irvin Khoza saying 
I would be the captain in the second leg,” 
Motale says. “He told me to lead the team 
by example and I told him I knew the 
other guys were going to support me all 
the way. We got to Abidjan on Wednesday 
and we could see from the day we landed 
that something big was going to happen. 
Their fans were everywhere, singing and 
dancing, wearing their club colours. 

“On the day of the match the excite- 
ment was in the air. We needed to win; 
they needed just a 1-1 or goalless draw. 
When the match started they were kick- 
ing balls out and wasting time because 
there were only about three ball boys. At ^ 
half-time our guys were panicking because i 



Moroka Swallows, Ria Stars and Avendale 
Athletko. He is a community coach and mentor 
in Gauteng. 

John Moeti 

Midfield dynamo Moeti won the 1991 JPS Cup 
with Dynamos, but it was at Pirates that his career 
took off and he became one of the most respected 
figures in football. He later went on to play for 
SuperSport United before retiring in 2002. He now 
does church missionary work in Limpopo. 

Dumisa Ngobe 

Called Isiphithiphithi'for his ability to get up and 
down for the entire 90 minutes, Ngobe played 
in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and as a sub in 
the first leg of the Final. In 2013, he had a spell 
coaching Tshwane University of Technology's 
eMalahleni Campus team. Now works for the 
eMalahleni Municipality as a consultant. 

Innocent Mncwango 

An accomplished midfielder, Mncwango captained 
Pirates, but missed the second leg of the Final 
after getting sent off. He later played for AmaZulu. 
He is now a prison warder at Johannesburg Prison. 

Helman Mkhalele 

Alongside Fish and Mncwango, 'Midnight Express' 
was in the Jomo Cosmos team that played in the 
1 993 Cup Winners Cup. He later played in Turkey. 

In September 2015 Mkhalele was in Germany for 
a coaching course, and when South Africa played 
Angola in the Chan qualifiers, he was assistant 
coach. 

Brandon Silent 

Made his professional debut for Vaal Reefs Stars 
in 1992. The goal 'Sgcebhezana' scored against 
Mbilinga ranks as one of his finest ever. He only 
missed one match in the 1995 Champions Cup. A 
qualified accountant. Silent is now a member of 
the coaching staff at North-West University. 

Ernest Makhanya 

'Botsotso'Makhanya was the darling of the 
Buccaneers fans, but when Pirates campaigned 
in Africa, the midfielder was in the twilight of his 
career and he only played in the first two rounds. 
Makhanya passed away in September 2009 aged 49. 

MandlaZwane 

Midfielder Mandia Zwane came on as substitute 
for Bruce Ramokadi in the first match against 
Eleven Men in Flight, but soon after left to join 
Portuguese side FC Porto, where a young Jose 
Mourinho was an assistant coach. After returning 
from Europe, Zwane played for SuperSport United, 
Manning Rangers, FC AK, Black Leopards and 
Mpumalanga Black Aces. He is Bradley Carnell's 
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they wanted to score, but I said to them, 
‘Let’s rather lose on away goals, let us not 
concede,’ because I could feel there was an 
element of desperation.” 

Then in the 73rd minute. Fish hoofed a 
clearance over the halfway hne and, with 
Sikhosana giving chase two Ivorian de- 
fenders colhded. ‘Legs of Thunder’ was left 
free to gallop through and plant the ball 
past the goalkeeper. The stadium fell silent. 

When the match restarted, Asec franti- 
cally laid siege to Okpara’s goal. 

With less than 15 minutes remain- 
ing, Khoza got a message down to 
Mkhandawire - bring on another de- 
fender! 

Veteran hardman Bernard ‘Shooz’ 
Lushozi was sent on to stem the flow, and 
if need be, destroy everything in sight - 
and that is exactly what he did. 

“To be honest, I was scared when I came 
on,” Lushozi says. “When you come on 
in a match of that magnitude you don’t 
have the time to settle down — those 15 
minutes felt hke an hour. We were really 
under pressure and I remember when I 
cleared the first ball I miss-kicked it, but 
fortunately we had a great defence and a 
great goalkeeper. 

“Our players were briUiant, and with a 
bit of luck we scored and won the most im- 
portant trophy in Pirates’ history. 20 years 
later people are stiU talking about it.” 

Against all odds the Buccaneers won 3-2 
on aggregate, and Motale became the first 
captain in Southern Africa to lift the CAP 
Champions Cup, now known as the CAT 
Champions League trophy. 

When the team landed back in South 
Africa, the players received a heroes’ 
welcome. They also went on to win the 
CAT Super Cup, beating Algerian side JS 
Kahyle 1-0 thanks to Ramokadi’s goal. 



“We were celebrated hke superstars 
- the country was united,” Motale says. 
“That is the proudest moment of my career 
because we represented our country and I 
hfted the trophy.” 

Mkhalele says playing for Jomo Cosmos 
in the 1994 CAT Cup Winners’ Cup helped 
him a lot. 

“That experience played a huge role 
guys hke Mark Fish were there too. That 
is where we learned how to fight because 
when we came back we had to play in 
the League. That season Cosmos were 
relegated, but I took my experience to Or- 
lando Pirates, a team that had unity and 
courage,” Mkhalele says. 

“Pirates’ victory in 1995 was not hke an 
individual performance. We had a great 
team and fighting spirit. I was the target in 
most of our games and guys hke Lushozi 
and Lane protected me all the way ... I 
only had to focus on my performance.” 

Lushozi beheves that a team of Pirates’ 
cahbre should have won the trophy again 
by now. 

“Back then, we were not aware that 
the tournament was big. We had only just 
come back from isolation and didn’t have 
a clue about how big the tournament was. 
This generation should know that, and 
they should give their best to win it,” he 
says. 

“The present team have a chance of 
winning, but there are certain things the 
coaching staff must teU these players. They 
can’t play well in Africa and then come 
back and lose matches in the PSL. 

“They need to handle the transition of 
playing in two competitions. They need 
to bring that mentahty of CAF home and 
beat local competitors. To win in Africa 
and then a play draw with Platinum Stars 
makes it look hke a fluke.” M 



Vincent Sokhela 

Sokhela made one appearance in the campaign 
- in the match that mattered, in Abidjan in 
place of the suspended Mncwango. Sokhela, 
who joined from Umtata Bush Bucks, went on to 
achieve more success with Santos where he won 
the Bob Save Super Bowl and the League title. 

He now works as a coach of a Vodacom team in 
Ladysmith. 

Tebogo Moloi 

In 1995 Moloi featured against Eleven Men in 
Flight and BCC Lions, before joining Colombian 
side Once Caldas. Later returned to Pirates and 
remains at the club today, as assistant coach. 

Marc Batchelor 

The former Wits striker started the first leg of the 
Final against Asec and came on as a substitute in 
the second leg. Those were the only two matches 
'Batch' played for Pirates in Africa that season. 

He later played for SuperSport United and Kaizer 
Chiefs. He lives in Johannesburg. 

Jerry Sikhosana 

Sikhosana's winning goal against Asec was 
enough to put his name in the history books. 
Sikhosana played for Giant Blackpool and 
Witbank Aces before joining Pirates and later 
turned out for Yunnan Hongta in China and 
AmaZulu before a brief return to Pirates in 
2000/01 and stints at Tembisa Classic and City 
Sharks. Later coached at City Pillars and now 
works at SuperSport as a TV pundit. 

Bruce Ramokadi 

In 1995 Ramokadi was an up-and-coming 
youngster. The son of former Kaizer Chiefs 
goalkeeper Joseph 'Banks' Sethlodi, he made 
three starts and seven substitute appearances 
during the CAF campaign. Injury hampered 
his career and he rarely played in the next two 
seasons, but enjoyed a revival in 1997/98 when 
he scored 1 1 goals. He was loaned to Cape 
Town Spurs the next year, then joined Manning 
Rangers before returning to Pirates in 2001 . 

Later joined Jerry Sikhosana at Pietersburg 
Pillars in 2004. He now works for the Department 
of Sport and Recreation. 

Marks Maponyane 

When legendary Chiefs striker Maponyane 
joined Pirates from Dynamos in 1993, many fans 
thought he was past his sell-by date. He proved 
them wrong - scoring 1 8 goals as Pirates won 
the League in 1994 and winning the first KICK 
OFF Footballer of the Year award. He scored two 
goals in Pirates' Champions Cup campaign but 
did not play in the Final. Maponyane joined Wits 
University where he retired in 1997. These days 
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hat was the ingredient 
that made Kaizer Chiefs 
the only South African 
club to lift the trophy 
that carries the name of 
former president Nelson Mandela when 
they won the African Cup Winners’ Cup in 
2001 ? 



Most people will point to the 
undoubted individual talents of Jabu 
Pule, Brian Baloyi, Doctor Khumalo and 
Arthur Zwane, but that team’s coach 
and Zwane himself say there was more to 
that success than meets the eye. 

After a 1 - 1 draw in Luanda, Chiefs 
beat InterClube of Angola 1-0 at Ellis 



Park to win the ‘Mandela Cup’ 2-1 on 
aggregate. 

Between the away and return leg, 
Amakhosi had to play the Coca-Cola Cup 
Final against Jomo Cosmos. They thumped 
Cosmos 5-0 to add two more prizes to the 
BP Top 8 Cup they had won a few months 
earher. Three months - three trophies. 




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InterClube 1 
Chiefs 1 

24 November, 2001 
Coca-Cola Cup 
Chiefs 5 
Jomo Cosmos 0 

1 December, 2001 
Nelson Mandela 
Cup, second leg 
Chiefs 1 
InterClube 0 



Chiefs' three Cup 
Final wins in 2001: 

1 September, 2001 
BP Top 8 Cup 
Chiefs 2 
Sundowns 2 
Chiefs win 7-6 on 
penalties 

17 November, 2001 
Nelson Mandela 
Cup, first leg 



Wing wonder Zwane, known as 
‘101 ir, summarises those incredibly 
testing months best: “This success was all 
about character. We knew that we had to 
dig deeper and we knew that we could. 

It was that type of squad. And everybody 
could play too, what a talented bunch of 
players.” 



THE VAT ALLES SEASON 



Aside from playing successive cup finals 
in the space of just a few weeks, other 
hurdles stood before Kaizer Chiefs in 
2001, including travelling all over the 
African continent and coming up against 
teams more experienced in African club 
competition than they were. 

“We won the Coca-Cola Cup, the Top 8 
and the Africa Cup. Four cup final matches 
was very tough for us. You have to credit 
the team,” Chiefs’ coach at the time Muhsin 
Ertugral says. 

“Club Africain had not lost in this cup 
at their home ground for ten years and 
Egypt’s Ismaily were also very good at the 
time and not a team used to losing. 

“I recall that to overcome Ismaily and 
Club Africain was very big. We had a pohce 
escort to help us get out of the stadiums. 
Home and away was very tough for us 
because we were not very experienced 
when it came to playing in Africa. 

“But we had a young Bobby Motaung, 

I think in his second season with us. 

Bobby always flew in early, and sorted out 
everything at the away venue. He went 
three days early to Angola, Egypt and 
Tunisia so things were perfect when we got 
there. It was a highly organised operation. 

“It is said that success breeds success - 
from the chairman to the grass cutter at 
our training fields, everything was smooth,” 
says Ertugral, the current head coach of 
Mpumalanga Black Aces. 

“The 2001 period was a moment when 
you just hoped that time could stand stiU. I 
jokingly told my wife back then that it was 
‘time to stop our watches’. 

“I had a wonderful team with superb 
individuals. They followed tactics, but they 
also added their own skills and ideas on 
the field. Fantastic men.” 

Zwane also points to the work done by 
management to set up Vat AUes. 

“Our management deserved credit for 
assembling this squad, which is never an 
easy thing. It all paid off eventually. The 
season before we did not win silverware, 
so the following campaign we wanted to 
fix this. And we did. It was a great honour 
to win the Cup Winners’ Cup named after 
Nelson Mandela,” Zwane says. 



“We had great support from the 
chairman, the board of directors, 
our coach and his team and also the 
supporters. Everyone pulled their weight in 
the same direction. 

“It was tough in Africa - teams made 
it hard, especially when it came to 
travelling and accommodation,” Zwane 
continues. “We faced challenges, but we 
pulled through because of character. 

Our chairman also travelled with us to 
Egypt and Angola ... he was with us and 
motivated us. He wanted it badly and we 
did not want to disappoint him. 

“What made this group special was 
everyone’s commitment, and the players’ 
character. We really knew how to dig deep. 
We had lots of talent, sure, but players 
always wanted to make the fans smile. We 
wanted to win it all. We knew who was 
behind us.” 

THE SECRET RECIPE 



“I tell the players of today’s generation: 
‘Talent will only take you so far. But 
you need to put in the hard work too’,” 
continues Zwane, who is a youth coach 
at Naturena. 

Zwane can speak with authority to 
the younger generation. As a player, he 
put himself through a rigorous training 
schedule. 

“I would train four times a day. At 
Gam I’d do some sprint training for 
endurance. Then home for a shower and 
breakfast and to the Village for training 
at 10am with the team. Then I’d go home 
and sleep a bit, eat lunch and back to 
train with the team in the afternoon at 
4pm. Before this session. I’d run a bit 
and prepare myself to be warm by the 
time the session starts. Then I’d go home 
and rest, and then do roadwork in the 
evening. I’d take a nice run, then go 
home and stretch and eat. By 1 0pm it 
was lights out. 

“There was a time when I did this for 
almost a full season. I would rest and 
slow this training down, but only around 
long trips like to Venda or Cape Town or 
for the Africa club competition. I always 
wanted to play for Chiefs so I never 
wanted to disappoint!” 



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Ertugrars stairs 




THECUPWINNER'S CUP FINAL 



AmaMiosi forced a 1-1 draw with 
InterClube m the first leg m Luanda and 
had little trouble winning the return leg in 
Johannesburg, even though it took a last 
minute penalty - a rather soft one at that - 
to secure the win, central defender Patrick 
Mabedi converting from the spot in the 
dying seconds. It should be noted that Chiefs 
would have stOl won on the away goals rule 
if the second leg had ended goalless. 

But going into the Final, Chiefs had only 
15 players to choose from for the game, 
including two goalkeepers, because of 
injuries and suspensions. 

They only played with a single striker 
and were unable to convert the numerous 
chances they created from midfield where 
Jabu Pule was pulling the strings. 

“The Angolans were very physical. In the 
first leg away, we scored first [through Luke 
Juldlile], and they replied. Then we had to 
defend, but we held on and our away goal 
was vital,” Ertugral says. 



“By the home leg we could feel the 
pressure because the trophy was called the 
Nelson Mandela Cup and South Africans 
expected us to win it. 

“Madiha came to see us three days later 
which was a fantastic moment for the 
team. The season before was the EUis Park 
disaster ... that image of the young boy 
who had lost his father and brother in the 
stampede, sitting on the chairman’s lap, that 
will forever be etched in our memories.” 
Zwane remembers the 2001 Final as a 
major milestone in his career. 

“Remember that in between the two legs 
of the Africa Cup Final, we had to play the 
Coke Cup Final. So it was very tough. We 
played the first leg away in Angola, then 
flew home for the Coke Final with Jomo 
Cosmos, and then we hosted the Angolans 
for the second leg - aU inside two weeks! 

“But what people won’t know is what it 
was like on tour in Africa and the character 
you have to show to find success. The hotel 
where we slept in Angola had bullet holes in 
the walls, so if you were not mentally strong 



"THERE were just so many top, top players. Starting 
with Jabu Pule - 1 have never seen a better talent in 
South Africa. Simply a revelation. We had so many, but 
with Arthur Zwane and Marco Mthembu on the wings, 
it was just wave after wave coming at you. They were 
attack masters," Ertugral says. 

"You had Patrick Mabedi and Cyril Nzama - strong 
characters and quality defenders. Mabedi was a special 
defender. If you dribbled him he was so quick to recover, 
and he'd get back and catch you to make the tackle. 
Nzama was powerful and strong, he and Zwane formed 
a great combination down the right. 

"Then you add the class of Doctor Khumalo - all his 
experience in the middle, and often Patrick Mbuthu next 
to him adding strength. What about Thabo Mooki? One 
of the most special players I have coached. I think Mooki 
is not mentioned enough in South Africa. Brian Baloyi - a 
more than special goalkeeper. Had he not broken through 
so late, I think he was around 26, then his goalkeeping 
career would have reached greater heights." 



ThecostofVatAlles 



KAIZER Chiefs finished outside the Top Eight for 
the first time ever when they could only attain 
ninth place in May 2002. "All the cup action and 
success; the travelling really took so much out of 
the bodies and the minds of the players. But we 
also became the CAP Team of the Year for 2001 
across the whole continent, so this was a great 
achievement." Ertugral paid the ultimate price, 
however, when he lost his job in November 2002. 



this could put fear in you. But because 
of the type of men in our squad, this just 
motivated us to keep fighting,” Zwane 
recalls. 

“There was a nightclub next door to the 
hotel and one night a lady came to our 
door. She started speaking Portuguese and 
because I could speak a little bit from my 
time in Brazil, I asked what she wanted. It 
turned out she was a prostitute and she was 
trying to distract us from the game. 

“My roommate Cyril Nzama and I just 
laughed and asked her to leave us because 
we knew they were playing games with us. 

“Then in the home leg of the Final I 
remember getting an elbow and cutting my 
eye. I went off for a while as I was bleedmg 
heavily and the late doctor Phil Maepa put 
this glue on my face to keep it from bleeding 
more. I had so much sweUing and could not 
see properly. 

“But these were great memories because 
we had so much talent in the team and 
everyone was wOfing to add value and wm 
at all costs.” M 



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Eight years ago Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw had a 
feeling she was going to end up in South Africa coaching the 
national team. She shares this story and more with KICK OFF. 

BYTIYANI WA KA MABASA 



KICK OFF: Firstly, how has your stay been 
in South Africa and what do you like best? 
PAUW: I love the country, I love the 
warmth of the people. Most people are so 
enthusiastic about our team. There is no 
place on the planet where the women’s 
team is so part of the community. For my 
husband and me, the best place to be is 
Vilakazi Street in Soweto. 

When you were approached, did you have 
any doubts about coaching in Africa? And 
what attracted you to Banyana Banyana? 

I came with the Netherlands to play in 
South Africa in 2007. Back then I said 
to myself that somehow I would end up 
coaching in South Africa - 1 felt as if there 
was a special hnk between me and the 
country. It was just a strange feehng. So 
when I was approached, I was immediately 
open for discussions. The first training 
camp was with 42 players and was 
organised for the week after I arrived. After 
five days I loved the players already. When 
it is necessary to improve the performance, 
I can be firm in my coaching. But that has 
nothing to do with my feehngs for these 
players. I wiU always love them no matter 
what happens. 

What did you like most about Safa's 
proposal to you? 

The ambition that spoke of the mandate 
to quahfy for the World Cup, and the 
principle choice to go for it with female 
coaches. Germany is the only other 
country that has chosen female coaches 
only on women’s teams. The president. Dr 
[Danny] Jordaan, was very clear. If Safa 
does not make a choice on it, where else 
can women develop as coaches? We need 
the experience in this game, so we have to 
give women the opportunity to share this 
experience with young players. 

Regarding the Banyana job, it was 
interesting to hear players such as Janine 
van Wyk saying they didn't want you to go. 



So if you didn't qualify for the Olympics, 
do you think you would have quit? 

The players know that I hve in South 
Africa without my husband. That is a huge 
sacrifice, so if we did not qualify for Rio 
we would have failed to reach the mandate 
for the second time [after faihng to quahfy 
for the World Cup], so the chance would 
have been big that I would have returned 
home because my contract would have 
ended. It would have been fair if Safa 
made that choice. If you don’t quahfy for 
the second time in a row in sport, then 
the unwritten law is to try something else. 

I would have fuhy accepted that without 
any hard feehngs. A coach signs a contract 
being conscious of the mandate. I never 
understand when coaches then afterwards 
act as if they are unfairly treated when the 
organisation acts according to the contract. 
But we have quahhed and the best is stih 
to come! 

Glad to hear that. Why do you think 
the players responded to your coaching 
methods so well? 

I think you should ask the players why. 

I can only guess and I feer‘trust”is the 
key word. We trust each other. We went 
through a lot and I think they feel they 
can trust me 100 percent that everything 
I do is meant to benefit the team. I stand 
for them and I beheve in them. I probably 
beheve more in their talents than they 
do themselves. I know they can grow to 
world class level if they are offered the 
opportunity to develop. I use everything I 
have to offer to help them become better 
players. I hope my experience helps in 
that. 

And how did you feel about qualifying? 

It was magic and a feehng I have never 
experienced before and wiU never 
experience again. It was more intense 
than when I quahhed for the hnals of a 
tournament with the Netherlands for the ^ 



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first time ever after 25 years of fighting 
against all odds. In the Netherlands it was 
a luxury to finally reach the goal. In South 
Africa it wiU mean a different hfe for these 
fantastic players. We wiU do everything to 
show the world that we have something 
special to offer, quahties that do not exist 
in the current top level professional club 
teams. I beheve that after the Olympics 
several players wiU earn contracts abroad 
if we manage to set up an optimal 
preparation program. 

How did you and the ladies manage to 
qualify despite all the difficulties? 

We have developed in aU aspects, from the 
sense of teamwork and the executions of 
the tasks in it to carrying responsibihty 
for the team on each shoulder, player 
or staff member. It has been a project of 
step-by-step growth to the maximal team 
performance. This can be a painful process 
because each of us, including players and 
staff, has to step out of our comfort zone to 
be able to step into the unknown. It is nice 
to feel comfortable. But top sports people 
can only succeed under pressure. That in 



itself creates resistance because the nature 
of the individual is to look for comfort. It 
isn’t comfortable to have a 40 000-strong 
crowd against you with the knowledge that 
that is the only chance to quahfy for the 
Olympic Games - your dream. That is why 
you need to trust each other completely; to 
know if one makes a mistake, someone else 
will be there to make it good. Only then 
you will lose the fear of making mistakes 
and you can act freely. You have to know 
that you are appreciated as an individual 
with aU your quahties and shortcomings. 
Banyana qualifying for the Olympics for 
the second time is great, but what must 
be done for us to compete rather than just 
add to the numbers as in 2012? 

As soon as the programme is ready, we 
wiU announce it and explain what and 
when we plan to do things. Key is that we 
have to grow further. We should not lose 
anything of what we have built so far and 
from there we have to grow to unknown 
levels. It is possible and we have the talent. 
Qualifying was your first challenge. What 
will be your next big task with Banyana 



How they qualified 



Saturday, 23 May 201 5 

At Stade Augustin Monedan, Libreville, Gabon 
Gabon (1)2 

South Africa (2) 3 (JermoineSeoposenwe2, SonohMollo) 

Sunday, 31 May 201 5 

At Dobsonville Stadium 

South Africa (3) 5 (Jermaine Seoposenwe 2, Amanda 
DIamini, RefiloeJane, SanatiMollo) 

Gabon 0 

Saturday, 18 July 201 5 

At Dobsonville Stadium 

South Africa (0) 1 (Lebohang Ramalepe) 

Kenya 0 

Sunday, 2 August 201 5 

At Machakos Stadium, Machakos, Kenya 
Kenya 0 

South Africa (0) 1 (Rhoda Mulaudzi) 

Saturday, 3 October 2015 

At Makhulong Stadium 
South Africa 0 
Equatorial Guinea 0 

Sunday, 1 8 October 201 5 

AtEstadiode Bata, Bata 
Equatorial Guinea 0 

South Africa (0) 1 (Jermaine Seoposenwe) 



or women's football in general in South 
Africa? 

A national league will be crucial for 
continuity after the Olympic Games. 

The Olympics should not be an isolated 
challenge, but the moment to become 
a powerhouse of women’s football in 
the world. Sponsors should realise the 
potential and the impact of this team. It 
is rewarding to connect your brand to us 
and we will prove that! All dominating 
countries have professional leagues 
and contracts for their best players. 

We need a full pyramid of our football 
structure. We miss the top. Only if the 
full structure is in place, we can develop 
and expand every aspect of the game. 
Amanda DIamini is absolutely right 
in saying that. Even the Netherlands 
could only make the next step after 
creating a league connected to the men’s 
professional clubs. It is time South Africa 
makes that choice too. It just opens the 
doors to opportunities of sponsoring 
and support. Professional clubs will 
become true community clubs when 
they pick up the responsibility for 
the development of the most talented 
players of the biggest sport for both 
men and women in the world. M 



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ex-Mamelodi Sundowns 
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Driving the Chevrolet 
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played Zambia in May 1994 
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Carelse played in a curtain- 
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After spending eight years in 
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At Sundowns he won three 
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I heard Phil Maslnga saying 
Bra Shakes must turn to 
youth. It is a good statement, 
but what about clubs that re- 
main reluctant to give young- 
sters a chance? I can only 
single out Ajax Cape Town 



who have no fear in giving 
youth a chance. It's proven to 
be a recipe for success judging 
by their recent Cup success. 
These players deserve more 
coverage. Ajax's set-up needs 
to be taught countrywide for 



the survival and revival of 
the game we all love. If we 
continue to ignore this model, 
Bafana Bafana will forever be 
in trouble. 

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Bafana need Kermit 

Shakes Mashaba might not want Kermit 
Erasmus in his squad for whatever 
reason, but Bafana Bafana need him for 
his aggression, skill, scoring ability and 
work rate. Even the hardest of critics 
will agree that the Bucs striker should be 
playing for Bafana. It’s time the coach 
swallows his pride and buries the hatchet 
for the sake of the national team. If 
Shakes can forgive players who previously 
refused call-ups, Erasmus shouldn’t be 
treated differently. 

Sipho Buthelezi,Vosloorus 

Some more equal 
than others 

Based on my observation, accessing 
established development academies 
requires capital more than talent. 
Academies have to reduce their joining 
fees because we can’t afford them. We 
suffer because people with money take 
shortcuts by bribing coaches to play their 
children in some instances. Township boys 
don’t get opportunities because of the 
bad name certain former players from our 
communities have given the rest of us. I 
plead with coaches to give kasi youngsters 
a chance to play. Contrary to belief, they 
are disciplined and only need equal 
opportunities. 

KGMndebele 



Let's be honest 

Pule Ekstein is 25-years-old and hardly 
has a record worth mentioning. Look at 
Dede Ayew for instance: He is 26-years- 
old, has over 65 caps for Ghana, plays 
in the Premier League and has won a 
host of accolades. With a CV like that, 
he’s a grown man, yet in SA we are still 
calling the likes of Ekstein youngsters. 
Completely pathetic! I respect Pitso for 
fielding an Under-23 player hke Keagan 
Dolly. He has balls unlike another coach 
who still doubts a 25-year-old’s talent by 
not playing him regularly. This can’t be 
the case if we claim to be making progress 
as a country football-wise. 

Tebogo 'Tebza' Ngwana, via Kick0ff.com 

Komphela must fall 

I have been watching you try fill the big 
shoes of former Kaizer Chiefs coaches and 
thought you’d eventually come right, but 
you have failed completely Mr Komphela. 
Chiefs are playing their worst football 



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TALKING POINT •RIP Cecil Lolo 




Lolo was underrated 

Cecil Lolo was an all-round key player 
for Ajax, but also one of the most 
underrated players in the League. He 
played a huge role contributing to 
Ajax’s MTN8 final win. He was in the 
prime of his career when death claimed 
him. His presence will be dearly missed 
on and off the pitch. Rest in peace 
Sonwabile. 

Raymond Isaacs, Dibeng 

Ajax are a disgrace 

Cecil Lolo was their player and a 
teammate to many more. Financial 
support doesn’t equate to emotional 
support for Lolo’s family. How could 
they make excuses about having to 
travel long distances on bad roads? I 
bet if Lolo was from the suburbs, they 
would have made a plan. He played 
his heart out for Ajax and even helped 
them secure the MTN8, but they 
thank him hke this? Chippa must be 
applauded for doing what Ajax failed 
to do. 

Abongile Mpinga Gqola, via Facebook 



Ajax showed Ubuntu 

Grieving for the departed is a personal 
thing and should not be used as a pubhcity 
stunt. Ajax did what they felt they had 
to do. Players should take responsibihty. 
Even Senzo didn’t have funeral cover! 

Ajax gave the boy a dignified sending 
off which his own family wasn’t able to 
provide. If I was to pass away today, would 
it mean my CEO, managers and colleagues 
are obhged to come to my funeral? Thank 
you Ajax for showing Ubuntu. 

King Capi, 
via KickOff.com 

Ajax doesn't get it 

That’s how hfe is in the former Transkei 
area - we travel long distances on very 
bad dirt roads. And yes, travelling in 4X4s 
at times is the only way to negotiate such 
roads. That’s no excuse for the players not 
making the trip to pay their last respects to 
Lolo. Clubs need to look after their players 
and offer packages that include pension, 
medical aid and the hkes. 

Zininzi Mpurwana, 
via Facebook 



No initiative from 
the players 

I don’t remer^er being sent an invitation 
to a funeral. Ajax’s players should 
have handed in leave forms inforrning 
management they are attending a funeral. 
The players are adults too and must think 
for themselves. Club management played 
their part by organising two memorial 
services, sending money for the funeral, 
groceries and a trust fund for Lolo’s kids. 

TshepoThysMagane 

Paying last respects 
is priceless 

Thank you Roger De Sa for going to 
great lengths to explain what Ajax did 
for Cecil Lolo after his death. While the 
club’s efforts were significant, paying 
one’s last respects to the departed is 
extremely vital. The absence of the 
players at the funeral wiU not be easily 
forgotten despite aH the material 
contributions. 

L-Professore Makatise, 
via Facebook 



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in recent years. Even the games you’ve 
won have not been convincing. You don’t 
change tactics when the game demands 
and your substitutions are wrong (evident 
in the MTN8 Final and the League derby). 
We have depth sir, so use other players 
when your current regulars are not 
performing! 

Ezra Hlatshwayo, Nelson Mandela Bay 

South Africa needs 
introspection 

In years gone by, South Africa used to 
produce top quality players who 
would go on to compete pound-for-pound 
with the best in the world. 

Sadly, the country has failed to export 
world class players in recent times. Those 
who are shipped to big leagues overseas 
these days often find themselves on the 
bench or eventually loaned out to teams 
in lower divisions. South Africa needs to 
dig deep into the past to find out what 
was done right in terms of developing top 
quality players. If thorough introspection 
is done. I’m sure the country wiU get right 
back on track. 

Siboniso Zwane, Manzini, Swaziland 



Tackles kill careers 

We all understand that football is a 
contact sport, however I strongly believe 
the PSL and Safa should intervene more 
vigorously to protect players against 
malicious tackles. Fresh in my mind is 
Thulani Hlatshwayo’s bone- crunching 
tackle on Sifiso Myeni. Once a player 
gets injured, he misses out on potential 
win bonuses, match appearance fees and 
other incentives while the perpetrator 
gets away with murder. A two -match 
ban does not equate to what the 
injured player misses from the sidelines. 
Footballers are assets and deserve to be 
protected on the field. 

Nyaniso FunanI, Fort Beaufort 

Downs and Chiefs 
must step up 

I am proud to have witnessed Orlando 
Pirates doing SA proud all these years in 
CAF tournaments and stiU going strong. 
My only concern is: why aren’t the other 
big clubs in SA, namely Sundowns and 
Chiefs, not putting in the same effort? 
Player and financial resources cannot be 



an excuse. We need to keep our country’s 
flag flying as high as possible as a joint 
effort from all clubs who have the means 
to do so. 

BonganI Nameka 

A clear vision needed 

Vision 2022 is only going to be possible 
if we take care of the current fantastic 
U-17s, who are phenomenal. They may 
have finished bottom of their group, but 
the main thing is they’ve done better than 
their senior counterparts by qualifying for 
a World Cup. It’s hard to imagine where 
these boys wiU be in 2022, but if the bulk 
remain together, they’ll definitely make us 
proud for years to come. 

Tshepo Mashoeshoe 

Zongo is special 

Zongo has always been a player to 
watch. I’m a huge fan of SA football and 
I feel good watching games where players 
play to entertain the crowd. I don’t 
think this equates to showboating. It’s 
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should stop criticising good things 
because some of us love it. 

Sackynho, Namibia, Nkurenkuru 

Lightning never 
strikes twice 

There was no way Pirates could’ve beaten 
us again in such a short space of time. 

This is our chance to reclaim the glory 
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Congratulations to Steve Komphela and 
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BEAT THE PLAYER 



1 . Who was red-carded for the bad 
tackle on Sifiso Myeni which saw 
him stretchered off the field in the 
match between Orlando Pirates 
and BidvestWits? 

2. In his 1 1 games in the MLS this 
season, how many goals has Didier 
Drogba scored? 

3. Who wears jersey number 1 0 at 
Mamelodi Sundowns? 

4. Who said these words: 



"Cristiano Ronaldo might train a 
lot but Messi, like Ronaldinho, is a 
genius naturally." 

5. Which former Bafana Bafana 
coach is coaching Maritzburg 
United? 

6. Luis Suarez scored his first 
hat-trick this season against which 
team in La Liga? 

7. Who are the main sponsors of 
Mpumalanga Black Aces? 



8. 1 366 games, 1 284 goals 
and 3 World Cups: who is this 
Brazilian? 

9. Former Polokwane City coach 
Kosta Papic is originally from 
which country? 

1 0. Who is Chelsea's former team 
doctor who was banned from 
training and matches by Jose 
Mourinho at the beginning of the 
season? 





ANDREW FRANCIS 
AGE: 18 
FROM: Dibeng 
TEAM: Orlando Pirates 


XOLANI MKHONDWANE 
AGE: 19 
FROM: Nelspruit 
TEAM: Orlando Pirates 


ANDILE FIKIZOLO 
AGE: 21 / POSITION: Midfield 
TEAM: Golden Arrows (on loan 
from SuperSport) 


1. Thulani Hlatshwayo 


1. Thulani Hlatshwayo 


1. Thulani Hlatshwayo 


(correct) 


(correct) 


(correct) 


2. 4 goals 


2. 2 goals 


2. 7 goals 


(incorrect) 


(incorrect) 


(incorrect- it was 11) 


3. Teko Modise 


3. Teko Modise 


3. Teko Modise 


(correct) 


(correct) 


(correct) 


4. YayaToure 


4. Alexis Sanchez 


4. Steven Gerrard 


(correct) 


(incorrect) 


(incorrect) 


5. Clive Barker 


5. Clive Barker 


5. Clive Barker 


(correct) 


(correct) 


(correct) 


6. Eibar 


6. Las Palmas 


6. CeltaVigo 


(correct) 


(incorrect) 


(incorrect) 


7. Gilbert 


7. ISPSHanda 


7. Umbro 


(incorrect) 


(correct) 


(incorrect) 


8. Pele 


8. Pele 


8. Pele 


(correct) 


(correct) 


(correct) 


9. Serbia 


9. Serbia 


9. Not sure 


(correct) 


(correct) 


(incorrect) 


10. Not sure 


10. EvaCarneiro 


10. Eva Carneiro 


(incorrect) 


(correct) 


(correct) 


TOTAL: 7/10 


TOTAL: 7/10 


TOTAL: 5/10 




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Tough times for 
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It's been a tough season for defending 
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The world's dumbest criminal? 

Watford defenderTommie Hoban was almost robbed, but luckily the person who tried 
to rob him managed to knock himself out while fleeing the scene! Hoban tweeted the 
whole incident on social media. 



Ramos gets spotted 

A shopper at a store called Mercadona 
in Tenerife, Spain, spotted a security 
guard who looked exactly like Real 
Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. 
Twitter went crazy for hours until 
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Rules to protect Pirates 



Safa have released new 
rules to protect Orlando 
Pirates from relegation. 

1 . Pirates will be allowed to field 
1 3 players during home games 
and 15 during away games. 

2. Ifthey win two consecu- 
tive corner kicks, they will be 
awarded a penalty. 

3. Any attempt on goal will 
be treated as a goal, including 
shots off target. 

4. If a Pirates player is fouled it's 
a straight penalty, regardless of 
the position. 



5. They will be allowed to make 
13 substitutions. 

6. They will be awarded 6 
points for every match won, 4 
points for a draw and 2 points 
for a loss. 

7. They will be allowed to field 
two goalkeepers at the same 
time. 

8. Any attempt to tackle or mark 
Kermit Erasmus will result in a 
penalty. 

9. EricTinkler will be allowed 
to instruct players from inside 
the pitch. 



Komphela opens case 
against Tinkler 

Kaizer Chiefs lodged a complaint after Orlando Pirates defeated them 
3-1 in the Premiership. It is said that Steve Komphela opened a case 
against EricTinkler regarding why Pirates brought their CAP form to 
a PSL fixture. Komphela was quoted saying, "How dare Pirates play 
like that? We are not Al Ahly or AC Leopards."The matter is being 
investigated and we will keep you updated. 



Soccer star to be a Springbok 

A soccer star became a rugby player overnight at FNB Stadium dur- 
ing the Telkom Knockout semi-final clash between Orlando Pirates 
and Kaizer Chiefs when Bucs player Siyabonga Sangweni nearly 
converted his penalty over the crossbar. Heyneke Meyer is seriously 
considering replacing Handre Pollard with Sangweni, judging by 
the potential he showed from the penalty spot. 




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YOU don’t always like all 
your teammates. That’s the 
truth. There are players you 
get on with and there are 
those you don’t. There’s no 
rule that says you must like 
the guys you work with. 

In every squad you wiU 
find three groups of play- 
ers. There’s a group that 
has been together for a few 
years: they are used to each 
other, they know each other 
well, they are comfortable 
at the club, have long-term 
contracts and know aU 
the ins and outs of what 
happens behind the scenes - 
they are the A-team. 

Then you have the new 
guys, the guys on the fringe, 
new to the club, new to the 
surroundings, trying to get 
in the team, trying hard 
to please everyone - col- 
lectively this group is the 
B-team. The A-team are 
stiU deciding if they like you, 
if they want you in their 
group, if they want you in 
their world. 

There is another group, 
sometimes a very small 
group of players: these are 
the guys who work between 
the A-team and the B-team 
- they are like glue. They 
are neutral, not in either 
camp, often a player who 
has been at the club for a 
short time, not a new player 
but not experienced enough 
to be in the A-team - they 
are on the fringe and desper- 
ate to find a group that wiU 
accept them, so they work 
both camps. 

But what happens when 
you’re not playing regularly, 
the coach is not picking you. 



you’re feeling left out and you 
are looking for reasons? You 
start to blame other people, 
and this is where infighting can 
destroy the team’s harmony. 
You start off by getting the 
guys in your camp on your 
side, you get them to agree that 
you should be playing, you get 
them to agree that the coach is 
picking his favourite players in- 
stead of the best players - and 
you decide to do something 
about it. 

Supporters don’t watch every 
training session, so it’s hard 
to imagine this, but if I’m not 
happy with a certain player 
in the squad - maybe he’s 
getting picked ahead of me, 
maybe he’s not my favourite 



person or I think he has a big 
head - 1 can make it very hard 
for him in training. He doesn’t 
know how I feel about it. I’m 
almost in disguise, so instead 
of passing the ball where he 
wants it, I put it a little behind 
him, or I hit it a little harder 
than I should - just enough 
so that it’s not obvious, but 
enough so that he doesn’t look 
good. I’m also first to give him 
encouragement, in front of the 
coach I shout at him “unlucky 
boy, keep your head up, don’t 
worry, your touch will come 
back”- just a small reminder 
to the coach that he is strug- 
gling with his touch. 

There are some players who 
don’t use the disguise like 



me - they pick the moment 
to hammer you in a tackle. 
They will hit you harder 
than any opponent and you 
know that you are a target. 

Others will just avoid you 
at all costs. They look up 
and see you are in a good 
position, but they turn and 
pass backwards to their 
mate, who turns away from 
you too and goes the other 
way. You are now playing 
against your own team- 
mates. 

Sometimes it boils over, 
you can’t contain your 
feelings and it explodes on 
the training pitch. You read 
about fist-fights among 
players at training . . . well, 
let me teU you, it happens a 
little more than the media 
reports. Next time you read 
about it, imagine it’s just 
the A-team and the B-team 
flexing their muscles! M 



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